Press Release
April 25, 2017

Statement of Sen. Leila M. de Lima on Liberal Party's impeachment stand

I regard with serious reservations the decision of some members of the Liberal Party, especially those belonging to the so-called "supermajority coalition" in Congress, to refrain from extending their support to the impeachment complaint filed against President Duterte.

The accusations contained in the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano are serious enough to warrant, at the very least, the opportunity to be heard, and for the evidence offered to be carefully examined within the bounds of constitutionally-guaranteed processes.

We owe it to the Filipino people who elected us to be given the chance to participate in the national discourse of exacting accountability from our impeachable public officials, regardless of the outcome. Apathy, however, will only embolden those already abusive of their power and position.

I hope that my partymates uphold the oath each one of us took before the Filipino electorate to fight tyranny and corruption by defending the rule of law, civil liberties, and human rights.

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