Alejano admits he has no personal knowledge on impeachment case vs Duterte
Magdalo Party List Rep. Gary Alejano admitted that the information he used to back up his impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte were based on sources from the internet and newspapers, and not from his own knowledge.
Photo credits: Rappler
Alejano’s claims of 8,000 deaths in the anti-drug war and 1,424 deaths executed by the President sometime in 1998 to 2015 were all sourced from second hand information which Alejano believed to be credible.
“All these records have been sourced from the website. Under the rules, this is inadmissible as evidence. If so, if this is established, then the impeachment complaint will fall,” Sagip Party List Representative Rodante Marcoleta said during the deliberations.
Marcoleta further explained that the sufficiency of the complaint is based on how verifiable are its contents in relation to the personal knowledge of the complainant.
“The impeachment complaint will rise and fall within the verification phase,” he said.
Alejano squirreled around the questions of the members of the House when asked if he has firsthand knowledge of the allegations he made against Duterte.
House justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali concluded that because Alejano cannot verify his allegations from a personal account, he only has “hearsay evidence, that will not stand trial.”
Farinas mocked Alejano saying, “dapat si Matobato o si Lascanas po ang nanumpa dito at kayo ang nag-endorse nito,” since it seemed they were allegations based on the testimonies of self-confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Matoboato and retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas as reported in media.
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon warned Alejano that his case can be immediately dismissed due to lack of sufficient evidence.
“Kapag naghahabla ka, dapat alam mo, dapat nakita mo,” Leachon said.
“Kung walang nakalagay na ebidensya, ang tawag po doon ay fishing expedition,” he added.
Farinas pointed out that there was no single authentic record included in Alejano’s complaint making the case an act of propaganda.
“Itong ginagawa na po ninyo, you will be subjected to an ethics case here,” Farinas said.
Alejano admitted sourcing articles from Inquirer, Rappler, and The Guardian.
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