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Lacson: Duterte may face bigger problems with jail threat vs impeachment backers

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 09:03 AM June 28, 2019
Lacson: Duterte may face bigger problems with jail threat vs impeachment backers

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson (File photo by CATHY MIRANDA / INQUIRER.net)

MANILA, Philippines — What if congressmen feel more challenged than afraid of President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat?

And what if senators are convinced by the evidence presented against the Chief Executive should an impeachment bid reach the Senate?

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Senator Panfilo Lacson raised all these scenarios a day after the President threatened to jail those who would file an impeachment case against him over his alleged failure to protect the country’s territory.

“I-impeach ako? Kulungin ko silang lahat. Subukan niyo. Try to take it, do it, and I will do it,” Duterte said in an interview in Malacañang Thursday.

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READ: Duterte on impeachment proponents: I’ll jail them all

Lacson, however, expressed doubt that Duterte will make his threat real.

“The President knows he can’t do it and he won’t do it,” he said in a text message on Friday when sought for comment on Duterte’s remark.

“His problem is when one third of the members of the HOR (House of Representatives) feel more challenged than afraid of his threat. A bigger problem is when 16 senators are convinced by the evidence presented during the trial,” he also said.

But of course, Lacson added, everything is hypothetical.

An impeachment complaint needs to get the support of one-third of House members to elevate it to the Senate, which will serve as an impeachment court, for trial.

The same number of votes – one third or 16 of the 24 senators – is also needed in the Senate to impeach the President.

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Several lawmakers, including former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario,  earlier said Duterte may be impeached after he agreed with China to allow its fishermen to trawl within the Philippines’ economic exclusive zone.

READ: Duterte: It’s OK to let China fishermen in PH waters

(Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)

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