fighting words from the senate : gloria macapagal arroyo must be impeached
Senate says Arroyo must be impeached
Recommends raps vs 11 others in NBN-ZTE deal
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:30:00 11/11/2009
MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is “answerable” for the “stinking” $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp., according to a report by a Senate investigating panel led by the blue ribbon committee.
In the report that was made public Tuesday at a press conference by blue ribbon chair Sen. Richard Gordon, the joint committee sought the impeachment of Ms Arroyo and the prosecution by the Ombudsman of 11 others, including her husband Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, for allegedly conspiring to defraud the government in exchange for “kickbacks” from the since scrapped contract.
Asked what impeachable offense Ms Arroyo had committed, Gordon said she had violated her oath of office which was a “culpable violation of the Constitution.”
He cited Section 5 of Article 7, which provides that the President must “preserve and defend the Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man.”
She should have “control” of all executive departments.
“Her acts in this case reveal that her performance of presidential duty has been wanting. Unfortunately, you can see the litany of errors of the President. Apparently, she wasn’t able to crack the whip on her people,” said the senator.
Gordon said Congress could still impeach Ms Arroyo to strip her of immunity from suit as President.
“She has to explain and answer at the proper time,” he said, pointing out that Ms Arroyo could be held accountable even “after her term.”
Gordon told reporters that Ms Arroyo was liable because she did not stop the signing of the contract even after she had been informed of a bribe offer by Romulo Neri, at the time Ms Arroyo’s socioeconomic secretary.
Gordon said: “She did not stop all these people from continuing on with their nefarious activities. Neri had already informed her [of the bribery attempt], she should have ordered an investigation immediately. She should have called all those involved. The President did not do anything. That is very glaring—there was no action taken by the President on all these.”
alam na natin ito na may corruption na nangyari sa NBN-ZTE deal. hindi mo kailangang maging isang abogado o senador para malaman ito. ang tanong na lang talaga ay kailan mabibigyan ng hustisya at kailan makukulong ang mga may sala.