There have been so many issues raised about GMA’s impeachment complaint. I’ve heard several people with different stands about this matter. But this I will share to you know is generally from the opinion of UP students.
This is a time for truth, not technicalities. It is only through the triumph of truth that our nation’s collective soul can attain a just closure to the controversies besieging the presidency.
For GMA’s partisans, however, the truth hardly matters.
By resolving to dismiss all three impeachment complaints against the President, the majority in the House Committee on Justice wasted a historic opportunity to demonstrate a rare instance of statesmanship. Those legislators who voted to dismiss the complaints had the unique chance of hastening the impeachment process and thereby quickening the pace towards the search for an elusive truth. Instead, Malacanang’s allies have at the very least delayed – and at worst prevented – a truly constitutional solution to the lingering political crisis.
An impeachment trial is the best constitutional forum for exposing the lies and uncovering the truth behind allegations of electoral fraud and unbridled corruption against the country’s highest elective official. Through an impeachment trial can the facts be clearly established, the evidence judiciously weighed, the issues exhaustively deliberated, and justice authoritatively dispensed. Such a trial will not only be a window for the opposition to bear out its case against the Chief Executive, but likewise an occasion for the President to controvert the charges against her within the framework of the Constitution.
At this juncture, the shortest route to trial is through the proverbial 79 endorsements needed to elevate an impeachment complaint to the Senate. But even this route seems headed for another blind alley.
There are reports that the President and her allies have been drawing on the vast powers at their disposal to prevent the requisite signatures from materializing and thereby abort the impeachment proceedings once and for all. Congressman Roilo Golez recently disclosed that Malacanang has been liberally doling out favors, including appointments to lucrative government posts, to ensure the President’s political survival.
We are suddenly reminded how, at the height of the efforts to make her resign, the President several times dared her critics to fight their battle within the confines of the Constitution by filing an impeachment complaint. It is thus ironic that it is now the President and her allies who are systematically preventing those very same critics from pursuing their battle in the halls of Congress. The President seems to be playing a dubious game with a singular goal: to keep her hold on power.
The apparent use of public resources to thwart the very guarantee against abuse of public office only serves to inflame popular disgust with the present administration. The President and her zealots must be reminded that terminating the impeachment proceedings at this early hours runs afoul of mass sentiment.
They must likewise be warned: foreclosing all avenues at a constitutional resolution for the ongoing political storm will only leave the people with no other recourse but to wage the struggle for the truth in the streets.