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No ties to impeachment complaint, Leni insists

Vice President Leni G. Robredo has maintained that she is not involved in the filing of an impeachment complaint by a party-list group against President Duterte.

According to Robredo, the timing of the videotaped message before the United Nations and the impeachment complaint was mere coincidence.

“In the impeachment complaint filed by Magdalo, they themselves said I am not part in the filing (of case against Duterte),” she said in an interview in Naga City, a transcript of which was sent to Manila-based reporters.

“If it is about timing, it is the timing that it (video) came out to the media now,” she noted.

Robredo explained her videotaped message for the UN was done in February. “It just happened that it is only now the video will be used in a conference this March, but it was done a long time ago. I don’t know if at that time they are already thinking of the impeachment complaint (of Magdalo) because I am not part of the group,” she said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagged Robredo as behind the impeachment complaint against Duterte, citing as basis her video to the UN meeting on extrajudicial killings.

The former Housing and Urban Coordinating Council chief said that Alvarez should be asked what is his basis for the impeachment complaint.

“I have not heard what Speaker Alvarez said. I just read it in the social media. It is hard to comment since I do not know his basis. But several times our President repeated that he is sure I am not part of the destabilization plot,” Robredo said.

Robredo cited that her statement before the UN on extrajudicial killings was “very factual” and it was based on personal stories from victims’ families who sought help and protection from her office. (Raymund F. Antonio)