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Impeach dead in water after Noy ally miscues By Gerry Baldo 03/21/2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

IGLESIA NI CRISTO LOBBY CLAIM, TEXT THREAT

Impeach dead in water after Noy ally miscues

By Gerry Baldo 03/21/2011

The impeachment bid against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez is all but dead after the unnecessary disclosure by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., chairman of the House committee on justice, of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (INC) alleged lobbying in favor of Gutierrez and the supposed “no impeachment, no pork barrel” threat through a text message on lawmakers, several legislators indicated yesterday.

Legislators viewed the twin strategies as an admission of defeat on the part of the pro-administration Liberal Party and other pro-impeachment solons, bolstering wide perception that the impeachment case against Gutierrez was weak and that the House may have a hard time convincing the Senate to convict her.

The impeachment complaint is scheduled to be put into a vote in plenary either today or tomorrow.

“Congressman Tupas’ going public on the alleged ‘calls of INC’ raises doubts on the strength of the basis of impeaching Merci,” Agham Rep. Angelo Palmones said in a text message to reporters..... MORE

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