Vol. 9 No. 37 <>Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <> Oct. 22 - 28, 2007
STORIES THIS WEEK
Egay San Luis Won't Withdraw Support for Arroyo Impeachment
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Laguna 4th district Rep. Edgar San Luis said Wednesday last week that he will not withdraw his endorsement of an impeachment complaint against President Arroyo.
This statement was made by San Luis amid plans by the opposition to replace it with a "stronger" complaint.
San Luis said that while he refuses to withdraw the complaint he is however open to consolidating it with the opposition’s new impeachment complaint.
The opposition’s decision to draft a new "stronger" complaint against Mrs. Arroyo came after a meeting on Tuesday among United Opposition members with leaders of activist groups Bayan Muna, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and Gabriela.
The new impeachment case, according to UNO, will be stronger compared to Pulido’s complaint which was endorsed by San Luis since it would include the bribery on
several administration congressmen and local government officials.
Renato Reyes Jr., BAYAN secretary general, said a legal team will be formed to draft the complaint, which will include the controversial government national broadband network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp. and the series of bribery allegations against Malacañang.
Pulido’s version of the impeachment complaint is centered mainly on the government’s controversial national broadband deal with Chinese corporation ZTE.
Reyes urged other groups, including those "who would bolt the administration," to treat the opposition’s impeachment complaint as a rallying point against Mrs. Arroyo.
The new impeachment case will likely be filed when Congress resumes session on November 5 after a three-week break.
Pulido had announced he is ready to drop his petition to give way for the opposition’s complaint.
""That is never a question, I have been repeatedly telling them that if my complaint is weak and if they come up with something, which they think is stronger, I am willing to withdraw in favor of the new one," said Pulido.
It was not clear however if Pulido can still withdraw the complaint after it has been referred to the House justice committee last Thursday.
Deputy Speaker Prospero Nograles for his part said that once the opposition files its impeachment complaint it will be referred to the House committee on justice.
The Davao City 1st district representative said that it will be up to the justice committee whether the opposition’s new complaint will be consolidated with Pulido’s complaint.
Nograles added however that he believes the opposition is not serious on the impeachment of President Arroyo because doing so is detrimental to the interests of their future presidential candidates.rrr