Ex-Magdalo Alejano filed impeachment case vs Duterte
It took an ex-junior rebel officer to begin the first impeachment case against President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Congressman Gary Alejano from the Magdalo party-list group and member of the opposition bloc known as Magnificent 7 filed his complaint against the President in the House of Representatives earlier on March 16, 2017 (Thursday).
The congressman is closely linked to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after they partnered in attempting to stage a coup years before.
Alejano filed the case on grounds that Duterte gave up the Philippines’ sovereign rights over Benham Rise to China which violates the 1987 constitution.
He cited the opinion of University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea Director Jay Batongbacal on the sovereign rights of the Philippines over Benham Rise saying that “the region may not be ‘territory’ in the same sense as land territory, but it is definitely ‘territory’ for the purpose of Philippine laws and regulations over natural resources.”
Chinese ships have been recently spotted in the Benham Rise area which Alejano asserts as “intrusions in our sovereign territory”.
Benham Rise spans over 13 million hectares of rich mineral and natural gas deposits and is located in the country’s eastern seaboard near Isabela and Aurora.
“The 1987 Constitution considers as legally part of the National Territory all areas over which the Philippines has sovereign or jurisdiction; Benham Rise falls squarely within the definition,” Alejano added.
Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano shows to reporters the impeachent case he filed against President Duterte on Mar. 16, 2017. (PHOTO BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / INQUIRER)
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