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PIA Press Release
2005/08/12

Push impeachment process - Samar VGov. Redaja

Catbalogan, Samat (12 August) -- Samar Vice-Governor Jesus B. Redaja today expressed disgust over alleged strategies employed by the majority to derail the impeachment process. He claimed he was especially peeved by actions of the majority to shoot down the impeachment process even before it could take off.

The majority claim they have the numbers, yet many of its members keep on shielding PGMA as if she has a lot of things to hide, Redaja opine. He said these people who claim they are for GMA are actually the ones pushing her down.

The Samar Vice-Governor cited the amendments to the complaints leveled against PGMA and the rules of impeachment which continued to be a bone of contention and which members of the majority kept questioning, although these have been in place since President Joseph Estrada's impeachment hearings.

"What was good for President Estrada, then, should serve PGMA just as well today," Vice-Governor Redaja stressed…

Likewise, Redaja also added he'd like to remind PGMA's legal team and supporters that the President, herself, has declared she is open to the impeachment process. He emphasized that sheltering her from this process may prove detrimental to her credibility and could even trigger another EDSA revolt.

"Remember", he said, "Pres. Estrada's refusal to open the second envelope brought him to his knees," VG Redaja further added.

Moreover, Redaja also said witness Zuce may have some facts straight as PGMA has never come out to deny that she hosted gatherings for election officers. However, this does not mean the President actually witnessed the distribution of money envelopes or that she was privy to this act.

Meanwhile, even Secretary Ignacio Bunye, Presidential Spokesperson has appealed that the impeachment complaint be left to take its own course in Congress.

He said the President is doing her job and should be left to run the affairs of the nation, "especially in stewarding the economy through these challenging times". (PIA-Samar) [top]

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