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Lawmaker debunks impeach-Sara rumors

(UPDATE) HOUSE Deputy Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro said there was no move to impeach Vice President Sara Duterte.

Castro said in a statement on Thursday that «the supposed talks on impeachment now are mere discussions of some congressmen and not a serious move» against the vice president.

She said «we in the Makabayan bloc think that impeachment talks now are still premature but it highlights the growing rift in the supposed UniTeam.»

Last November 13, Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), replied during an interview «It's still a UniTeam,» when asked about the perceived rift within the alliance.

The UniTeam, formed during last year's elections to support the tandem of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Duterte, is made up of the Lakas-CMD, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

«As they always say, [...] there will always be differences but we will always work towards resolving those differences for the service of the Filipino people. That's our primordial concern, that we will band together and unite as one for the service of the Filipino,» Romualdez said.

Castro told One News PH in a recent interview that there were impeachment talks among some party leaders.

But House Deputy Majority Leader and ACT-CIS Rep. Erwin Tulfo said there was no such discussion.

«No such thing na pinag-uusapan iyan ng mga party leaders or House leadership (No such thing that it is being discussed among party leaders or the House leadership),» Tulfo said.

He also said there was no such thing as unity against the vice president and no such thing as unity for Romualdez.

In a statement Thursday, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose «Mannix» Dalipe addressed rumors about Romualdez's supposed presidential aspirations.

Dalipe said Romualdez «is currently dedicated to advancing legislation in support of President Bongbong Marcos' agenda to improve the lives of Filipinos, and no decision has been made regarding a presidential bid.»

Claims that Romualdez is undermining Sara Duterte ahead of a potential presidential rivalry in the 2028 elections are just unfounded rumors, Dalipe said.