Pro-Aquino blocs in House vow to block impeachment moves | Inquirer News

Pro-Aquino blocs in House vow to block impeachment moves

/ 03:43 PM July 03, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Various blocs in the House of Representatives vowed to block moves to impeach President Benigno Aquino III over the latest Supreme Court decision calling the president’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) illegal.

In a text message on Wednesday, Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone said the pro-Aquino blocs in the House would “collectively block any attempt to impeach President Aquino regarding DAP.”

These are:


-Bicol bloc led by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento,


– Southern Tagalog bloc led by Laguna Rep. Joaquin Chipeco,

-Muslim bloc by Lanao Del Sur Rep. Pangalian  Balindong,

-Visayan bloc by Iloilo Rep. Jerry Trenas

The National Unity Party bloc is led by Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Mindanao bloc by Cagayan De Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Cordillera Administrative Region bloc by Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan, Metro Manila bloc by Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice and Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, Ilocos bloc by Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, and Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

The lawmakers vowed to make the move as the militant bloc said it would file an impeachment complaint against Aquino over DAP.

DAP funds, essentially an economic stimulus fund, have been criticized after Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada exposed that the presidential pork barrel funds were given allegedly as incentives to senators who voted to oust convicted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.


Estrada is now charged and detained over plunder for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

Originally posted: 4:05 pm | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014


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