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Lagman gives ‘blessing’ to Duterte impeachment complaint

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A senior member of the “Magnificent 7” and former House Minority Leader has given his endorsement to Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano’s impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“A fair reading of the Alejano complaint shows that it is sufficient in form and in substance,” Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement Wednesday, March 22.

“The Committee on Justice must conduct extensive hearings on the complaint and allow Rep. Alejano to present witnesses and documents to support the impeachment of President Duterte,” added the veteran politiko.

Alejano, also a Magnificent 7 member, filed the first-ever impeachment complaint against President Duterte last Thursday, March 16.

Lagman, a Liberal Party (LP) stalwart, was the first among Alejano’s opposition-mates to give an explicit endorsement to the impeachment complaint.

Alejano admitted that he didn’t inform his fellow Magnificent 7 members about the filing.

He has since apologized to them and said that he would respect their decision about his complaint.