PBBM: I don’t want VP Sara impeached
PRESIDENT Marcos Jr. yesterday said he does not want Vice President Sara Duterte impeached by the House of Representatives.
The President made the statement in a media interview in Honolulu before he left for Manila in reaction to the statement of House deputy minority leader France Castro that there were “talks” in the lower house about the Vice President’s possible impeachment.
“Binabantayan namin nang mabuti because we don’t want her to be impeached… she does not deserve to be impeached. So, we will make sure that this is something that we will pay very close attention to (We are monitoring this closely because we don’t want her to be impeached… she does not deserve to be impeached. So, we will make sure that this is something that we will pay very close attention to),” Marcos said.
Marcos said he continues to have an “excellent” relationship with Duterte, who he said continues to enjoy his full support since she has been performing well, especially in the Department of Education (DepEd) where she is the concurrent secretary.
The President said impeachment calls against high-ranking officials is not something new, pointing out that there will always be “an element” that wants “to change the results of an election.”
He added impeachment is part of a “continuing evolution” of the rationale that “unwanted” elected officials should be impeached or removed from office.
“(But) That is not a reason to be impeached,” he said.
Castro has said there were informal talks of impeaching Duterte supposedly in connection with her office’s questionable use of its confidential funds.
Duterte on Sunday said her office was looking into alleged moves to impeach her at the House, a move which Speaker Martin Romualdez has denied.
The House has removed the P500 million confidential fund requested by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and the P150 million sought by the DepEd in the proposed 2024 national budget. The secret funds have been transferred to agencies involved in securing the country’s territories and sovereignty, especially in the West Philippines Sea.
The President also said that there are no cracks in his UniTeam, a claim which he said is being peddled by