Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denied claims that they are being pressured by President Duterte to support the impeachment case against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.
Alvarez clarified his stand on the issue by saying in a press conference, as quoted by GMA, “Para sa akin, I don’t consider it a pressure. In the first place, I do not work for the President. I work for the Republic of the Philippines.”
“Parang ano lang ‘yan, parang ordinaryong mamamayan na nagsabing magpa-file ako ng impeachment complaint sa Kongreso. Ganoon lang yun, para sa akin,” he added. [It’s just like when an ordinary citizen would say that he will file an impeachment complaint against Congress. For me, it’s just like that.]
This came after President Duterte announced that he would personally file impeachment cases against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno due to selective justice and “the use of falsified documents.”
Alvarez also defended the President against accusations that impeachment complaints are the administration’s way of silencing their critics. He called it the most “unfair statement” and that we should trust the Constitutional process.