- Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo said Liberal Party solons may not support the impeachment complaint against President Duterte
- The lawmaker described the complaint as ‘ill-timed’ and the process as not healthy for the democracy
- However, he said the LP will defend VP Robredo if and when the separate impeachment complaint against her prospers
MANILA, Philippines – Despite being an ally of Vice President Leni Robredo, Deputy Speaker and Marikina Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo said his colleagues may likely not support the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.
For one, Quimbo said during a press conference on Tuesday, the complaint is ‘ill-timed’ and the process is not healthy for the country’s democracy especially that the election has just been completed a few months ago.
“We’re all mature political leaders here, we don’t support it. I’m saying it now as the head of the Liberal Party here in the House of Representatives,” said Quimbo. “We think it’s not timely, even without reading the contents of the impeachment complaint itself.”
Quimbo is the highest-ranking LP leader in the Lower House and is closely associated with the past administration.
However, the Marikina solon acknowledged that Duterte is a very popular president, and it is for this reason that impeachment complaint is bound to fail; precisely because it is “not grounded on a wellspring of emotions coming from a lot of people.”
“The President is very popular! You don’t do that to a popular president. So this is a political process more than anything else,” the lawmaker explained.
As for the impeachment complaint against Robredo, Quimbo said it is baseless and clearly a ‘sham’; probably instigated by the camp of Bongbong Marcos who was defeated by the vice president in the May election.
The complaint against Robredo was filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano and Melchor Chavez; both of whom are members of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), the party of the late president Ferdinand Marcos.
Nevertheless, Quimbo said they will defend Robredo when the time comes to rally behind her.