Garbin on Alejano complaint: Mali kasi ang diskarte


AKO-Bicol Party-List Rep. Alfredo Garbin on Wednesday (May 17) lectured opposition politiko Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano on how he should’ve filed the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Ang pagkakamali ni Cong Alejano in filing the impeachment complaint ay hindi niya sinunod yung tatlong modes on how to initiate impeachment proceedings,” Garbin said during a press conference of the Minority bloc.

Two days earlier, the House Committee on Justice threw out Alejano’s complaint after deeming it insufficient in substance. One of the big problems of the complaint was that its filer didn’t have any personal knowledge about the allegations and supposed impeachable offenses it contained.

“Kasi naman po hindi siya yung mga personal knowledge doon sa mga dokumento, at yung mga dokumentong prenesinta niya…was not based on authentic records,” Garbin, a lawyer, pointed out.

He said that Alejano, a former Marine captain, should have availed of another mode of impeachment if he wanted his complaint to at least stand a chance.

“So ang ginawa niya sana is he went to the second mode of initiating an impeachment complaint which it should be filed by any citizen and endorsed by a resolution of endorsement by a member of the House.

“Yun sanang testigo from Davao Death Squad, dito sa extra judicial killings, somebody should put forward and sign an impeachment complaint and endorse by Cong Alejano. Yun po ang pagkakamali…Wala siyang personal knowledge doon sa kanyang mga alegasyon. That allegation came from somebody who is not him,” Garbin explained.

Alejano told the Justice panel Monday that his own lawyers helped prepare the complaint against Duterte. He admitted to the panel that he had no personal knowledge of his allegations, which include the death of over 8,000 people under the administration’s bloody anti-drug war.

Garbin sat next to Alejano during the Committee hearing.