Impeachment rap vs. Robredo pending endorsement

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) — The filing of impeachment raps against Vice President Leni Robredo did not push through on Tuesday because it still needed an endorsement from a member of the House of Representatives.

However, lawyer Bruce Rivera, a critic of Robredo, said in a press conference that several unnamed congressmen already expressed support for the complaint.

But not one solon showed up during the day for the required endorsement.

Under the 1987 Constitution, non-House members may file an impeachment complaint if it is endorsed by a congressperson.

"Here is the deal," Rivera said. "When we were already forming it, they already reached out and said that we continue it because that was what they also wanted-that they wanted to endorse. It's just that of course, we have to be, in more ways than one, we have to understand that they have to be a little circumspect about it."

The lawyer mentioned that there were six signatories of the complaint, and that they were waiting for more statements of support from OFWs.

Rivera said that betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, and graft and corruption were the basis of their complaint.

Rivera also said their team looked into Robredo's statement of assets and liabilities and found out that she had Meralco shares stated only as business interests, without the equivalent amount.

"That is by itself a misdeclaration, and that is the reason why CJ Corona was impeached," Rivera said.

Rivera also accused Robredo of using funds from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council when she still chaired it to sponsor a National Convention in the United States.

In March, a group composed of Rivera and his fellow lawyers, professors, and a government official said they would pursue impeachment raps against Robredo despite Duterte's opposition.

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Robredo's legal counsel Barry Gutierrez dismissed the impending impeachment complaint.

"It is something thing that we think is, to be completely blunt, a ridiculous effort on their part," he told CNN Philippines in an interview Tuesday.

He defended Robredo, saying her record is spotless.

"We are completely confident that there is utterly no basis on this impeachment complaint that they brought today," he said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has said that a video Robredo made for a meeting on the sidelines of UN narcotics conference in which she criticized the administration's war on drugs may be considered grounds for impeachment as it betrayed public trust.

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This story was updated at 10:00pm on April 2 to include Atty. Bruce Rivera's press conference.