Vice President Leni Robredo may soon face an impeachment complaint.
In a CNN Philippines exclusive, House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez said on Friday, he is studying the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against Robredo.
"Pinagaaralan ko pa rin... Kung sa aking pag-aaral ay meron akong sapat na ebidensiya para i-prosecute 'yan, we have to see if it can stand trial sa Senado," Alvarez said.
[Translation: I am studying it. If in my research, I can find sufficient evidence to prosecute, we have to see if it can stand trial before the Senate.]
Robredo recently sent a video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs criticizing the government's anti-drug campaign.
Alvarez believes, Robredo's pronouncements before an international audience betrayed public trust. This is an impeachable offense under the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
"Sa buong buhay ko, ngayon lang ako nakakita ng isang mataas na opisyal ng gobyerno na walang pakundangan siraan ang ating bansa sa international community... Ano ang magiging epekto noon economically?" he said.
[Translation: In my entire life, this is the first time I have seen a top government official smear the country's reputation before the international community. What would be the effect, economically?]
Robredo has been a vocal critic of Duterte's war on drugs and the allegedly state-sponsored extrajudicial killings in the country.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the international release of Robredo's video and the filing of the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte — which both happened on Thursday — seems too perfectly aligned to be considered a coincidence.
"If it is not her personal intent, she may have played into the hands of those who wish to use her as a political animal. Either way it is a pathetic state of affairs for her," he said.
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed the first impeachment complaint against Duterte based on the following grounds: