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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2016
TAGS: PGOV PINS PINR RP
SUBJECT: OPPOSITION TRIES TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT ARROYO AGAIN

REF: A. MANILA – OPS CENTER 06-26-2006 TELCON
¶B. MANILA 2060
¶C. MANILA 0830
¶D. 05 MANILA 4140
¶E. 05 MANILA 3593

Classified By: Acting Pol/C Joseph L. Novak for
reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) Summary: Members of the Opposition filed their
long-anticipated second impeachment complaint against
President Arroyo in the House on June 26. The 150-page
complaint includes allegations that she cheated in the 2004
elections and suppressed dissent during the week-long State
of National Emergency she imposed earlier this year.
Malacanang appeared unfazed by the new impeachment effort.
Most observers, including members of the Opposition, believe
the complaint — like its predecessor effort last year —
will fail. End Summary.

¶2. (SBU) On June 26, the Opposition filed a new impeachment
complaint against President Arroyo. The action comes exactly
one year after a private attorney filed a similar impeachment
complaint, which was soundly defeated in the House before
ever reaching the Senate. The 150-page document mainly
rehashes the key allegations of the 2005 complaint — that
President Arroyo cheated in the May 2004 presidential
elections; that members of the President’s family benefited
from illegal gambling operations; and that Arroyo used
illegal funds in her 2004 campaign. In addition, the
complaint accuses Arroyo of exercising “dictatorial powers”
in suppressing political dissent by imposing a State of
National Emergency in February 2006. Finally, the complaint
accuses President Arroyo of condoning extrajudicial killings
of leftist activists and members of the media, and ordering
security forces to make “unlawful” arrests of political
opponents.

¶3. (SBU) Although over 300 private citizens from various
Opposition groups have signed the impeachment petition
submitted on June 26, only two House representatives have
endorsed it so far. Opposition leaders have said publicly
that they expect to collect more endorsements in the House in
coming days. Under House rules, at least one third of the
236-member chamber must endorse the complaint in order to
automatically transmit it to the Senate for an impeachment
trial. The House is scheduled to end its recess and
reconvene on July 24, at which time Speaker Jose De Venecia
must put the complaint on the order of business (see ref E
for further details of the impeachment process). Opposition
attorney Henry Roque told the media on June 26 that the
Opposition plans to re-file the complaint every day for the
rest of the week in order to guard against Administration
arguments that the complaint was filed prematurely (under the
Philippine Constitution, impeachment charges may be filed
only once per year and Malacanang supporters claim that the
Opposition has violated this provision).

¶4. (SBU) President Arroyo and her supporters appear unfazed
by the Opposition’s move. On June 26, President Arroyo, who
is visiting the Pope in Rome, dismissed the latest
impeachment bid as mere “political noise.” Administration
lawyer Romulo Macalintal has asked the House to dismiss the
new impeachment complaint on technical grounds, claiming that
the Opposition filed it incorrectly since the Supreme Court
has not yet resolved questions over the 2005 impeachment
complaint. Others in Malacanang ranks claim that many other
technical rules were violated.

¶5. (C) Comment: Most observers believe the complaint has
almost no chance of garnering the support needed to send it
to the Senate for an impeachment trial. Even Congressman
Ronnie Zamora, a fierce Arroyo opponent and one of the
endorsers of the new impeachment complaint, conceded to Dep
Polcouns on June 26 that the new effort would “probably” meet
the same fate as the 2005 bid.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm

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Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/

Kenney

   

 

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