Skip to main content

Erap: With solons bought, how can impeach succeed?

www.malaya.com.ph
Ang Pahayagang Malaya

BACOLOD CITY – President Joseph Estrada Sunday said the impeachment complaint against President Arroyo will not prosper because the administration is buying congressmen and the opposition is not united.

"With the situation now na malapit na ang election, siyempre kailangan nang mga kakampi niya (Arroyo) sa Kongreso yong pera, kailangan bayaran naman ito," Estrada said.

"Kaya natutuwa yong mga congressmen pag may impeachment, dahil kikita naman sila, di ba? Gusto nila taon-taon may impeachment para kumita naman sila," he said in jest.

Estrada arrived Sunday for a two-day speaking engagement in Negros Occidental,

The House minority has admitted they would need a miracle to save the impeachment complaint filed by businessman Joey de Venecia and civil society groups last Monday.

The minority have to muster 79 votes, or one third of the 236-member House of Representatives to transmit the complaint to Senate for trial.

Estrada also admitted he remains a key factor in unifying the opposition, an opinion shared by Sen. Francis Escudero.

"Definitely, it is because marami pa rin sumusuporta sa kanya (Estrada)," Escudero said.

Escudero was a judge at the MassKara Queen beauty pageant Saturday.

Estrada said he will try his best to unite them "to have one presidential candidate to ensure victory of the opposition."

He denied reports that he was among the "busiest presidentiables" as he has been going around the country.

Sen. Mar Roxas was also in Negros Occidental. He arrived Friday.

"If that is what they think, then, they are already afraid. As what I have said earlier, if I cannot unite the opposition, then I will run. That is my last option," Estrada said.

The impeachment complaint accuses Arroyo of betrayal of public trust for approving the National Broadband Network (NBN) telecommunications deal with China’s ZTE Corp., saying that the deal was overpriced by at least $130M; culpable violation of the Constitution for approving the NorthRail rehabilitation project; human rights violations; graft and corruption for her administration’s involvement in various irregularities including the P728 million fertilizer scam, P2 billion swine scam; and, alleged ballot-switching in 2004.

Administration congressmen dismissed the impeachment complaints in 2005 and 2006 by Oliver Lozano and in 2007 by lawyer Roel Pulido for lacking in substance.

Estrada said he will try to mediate between warring Senate President Manuel Villar and Sen. Panfilo Lacson in a bid to unite the opposition.

"I have not given up. Perhaps we will know everything a year before the elections itself," he said.

But Estrada said that he will not force the issue.

"Maybe we can talk after December. Pabayaan muna natin sila na magkalabasan ng sama ng loob tapos saka na natin kausapin," said Estrada, the titular head of the United Opposition (UNO).

Lacson had exposed the alleged "double insertions" for the C-5 road project saying the money trail led him to Villar.

Lacson’s expose resulted in a divided opposition in the Senate with Alan Peter Cayetano siding with Villar and Jamby Madrigal choosing to side with Lacson.

Estrada also chided President Arroyo over her pronouncement of a $10 billion fund as pledged by World Bank (WB) for a standby fund in case the Asean region is affected by the US financial crunch. – Gilbert Bayoran and Ashzel Hachero

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Heart of Summer, a short story

On the first day of April, we moved to a row house in a subdivision carved out of the Antipolo hills. A row house is a nice word for houses that somehow managed to fit into 120-square-meter lots. They looked like matchboxes, really, built near the riverbank. The larger houses, of course, stood grandly at the center of the village, in front of the chapel. We’d be renting the house from the mayor’s mistress, one of three houses she owned there.

The living room of the house spilled over into the kitchen. The house only had two tiny rooms, but it was enough for us. The owner of the apartment we had been renting in Project 4 wrote to us (in pink stationery with the letterhead “Dr. Antonina Raquiza, Ph. D.”) to say that she’d raise the monthly rent to five thousand. If we couldn’t agree to her new terms, we’d have two months to leave. Mama glared at the letter, then said something obscene about our landlady’s father. A day later, she began poring over the ads, looking for cheaper rent in …

A teacher's tales

by Danton Remoto
Remote Control
www.abs-cbn.com/news

I’ve been teaching for 22 years – the longest job I’ve had. This will be my last year of teaching. I will take sabbatical leave beginning April 2009 – a paid leave for one year that senior professors take every seven years, to sleep the sleep of the and come back to school fully energized. But in my case, I will not just sleep and read and gain weight. I will spend my sabbatical leave organizing Ang Ladlad’s campaign, and my own political campaign, for the May 2010 elections.

But because I stayed here longest, that means I love this job. I admire those who’ve spent 30, 40 years teaching without repeating themselves. They’ve taught for 30, 40 different years, not just one year repeated 30, 40 times. Teachers like the now-departed Dr. Doreen G. Fernandez and the retired, but still teaching, Professor Emmanuel “Eric” Torres come to mind. Both have taught with us at the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Doreen and Eric …

Review of "Pulotgata" The Love Poems"

This is a review of my book that I just read in the Internet today. It was written by Ralph Semino Galan of UST and was published in the Inquirer. It comes in two parts.

Honeymooning with Words, Part I
by Ralph Semino Galan

Love is a favorite subject among Filipino poets, regardless of gender. For despite the influx of modern and postmodern ideologies, the pervasive influence of the Romantic spirit is still prevalent in Philippine literature, especially in poetry. It therefore comes as no surprise that even a gay-identified writer like Danton Remoto has composed extensively verses expressing the intricacies of love and lust, desire and devotion, passion and compassion.

In his third book of poetry aptly titled "Pulotgata: The Love Poems" (Pasig City: Anvil Publishing, Inc, 2004, 88 pages), Remoto delves the depths of the human heart through lyrics in English and Filipino that sing of the anxiety and the excitement, the agony and the ecstasy which accompany the act of love.

The …