Updated 16:48 PM PHT Sun, March 19, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Leni Robredo and other political parties are not involved in the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.
That is according to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who filed the first impeachment complaint against the President on Thursday.
Alejano said not even his closest allies in the minority block were informed of his move.
"Categorically, sinasabi ko ho walang kinalaman si Vice President, Liberal party or any other political party or personalities dito sa aming finile," Alejano said.
[Translation: Categorically, I am saying Vice President, the Liberal Party, or any other political party or personalities were not involved in the case we filed.]
Robredo on Saturday denied she is involved in the alleged "destabilization plot" against the government, adding Duterte even said he is convinced she is not behind it.
"Ilang beses naman inulit ng ating Pangulo na sigurado siyang hindi ako kabahagi sa kahit anong destabilization plot," the Vice President said on Saturday in Naga.
[Translation: Even the President is convinced that I am not behind any destabilization plot.]
VP: My drug war claims were factual
Robredo also told the media she was not aware of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's plan to file a possible impeachment case against her.
" Hindi ko narinig mismo ang interview kay Speaker Alvarez, nabasa ko lang sa social media. Mahirap mag-comment kasi hindi ko naman alam ang basehan niya," Robredo said.
[Translation: I did not personally hear Speaker Alvarez's interview, I only read it on social media. It's hard to comment because I am not aware of his basis.]
Alvarez told CNN Philippines on Friday Robredo's pronouncements before an international audience criticizing the government's fight against illegal drugs betrayed public trust — a basis for an impeachment complaint under the 1987 Philippine Constitution. He added he believes Robredo is behind the impeachment complaint against Duterte — a move to destabilize the government — against the President.
Robredo also said her video message, which was recorded in February and aired on March 17 at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs forum, was factual.
"Iyong statement mismo, matagal na iyon at very factual iyon. Iyong statement na iyon galing sa mga kwento din na pinapaabot sa opisina. In fact, sumubok kaming humingi ng datos sa DILG at saka sa PNP as early as January pa. Pero ang sulat kasi namin hindi sinagot. So hindi din namin alam kung saan na kami lalapit. Kasi ang mga tao naman na lumalapit sa amin humihingi ng proteksyon, humihingi ng tulong. Alangan naman wala kaming gawin," she said.
[Translation:The statement itself was recorded a long time ago and it was very factual. The statement came from the stories sent to our office. In fact, we tried to ask for data from the DILG and PNP in early January. But our letters remained unanswered. So we didn't know where to go because the people were asking our office for help and protection. We can't not act on it.]
The Magdalo representative, on the other hand, found House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez' plan to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo conflicting.
"Tinawag pa nga doon, 'I am entitled to my own stupidity.' Kung pa lang uubusin ang oras ng Kamara, bakit ka magffile ng another impeachment," Alejano said.
[Translation: He even said 'I am entitled to my own stupidity.' If my complaint will only waste the Congress' time, why would he file another impeachment?]
Meanwhile, Solicitor General Jose Calida says his office is ready to offer legal services in the event that Alvarez pushes through the impeachment case against Robredo, saying she "has joined the ranks of the destabilizers."
"Robredo debased her office and herself by betraying the trust of our people. Worse, she shamelessly pandered to the desperate desire of Yellow Cult to depose President Duterte which if successful, will immensely benefit her… Unfortunately for her, she will reap the people's wrath and contempt for her treasonous act," Calida said in a statement.