Impeachment case vs. Leonen unnecessary, counterproductive – Sen. Hontiveros

Published December 8, 2020, 11:31 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros today said the filing of the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is ‘’unnecessary’’ and ‘’counterproductive.’’

Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

‘’This is a distraction that will only drag lawmakers and the public into a pointless political fiasco at a time when government’s efforts should be focused on helping Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s battered economy,’’ Hontiveros pointed out.
‘’Kailangan din siguro natin tanungin: Sino ba ang lubos na makikinabang sa paggulong ng impeachment complaint na ito?  Surely, not the Filipino people,’’ she said  (Let us ask ourselves: Who will benefit solely from the filing of the impeachment complaint?)
‘’With all due respect to our colleagues in the House of Representatives, I would like to put the spotlight back on the thousands of Filipinos who are bedridden or have lost their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have lost their homes due to the recent typhoons, and those who have lost their livelihood amid the economic crisis,’’ she added.
‘’Unahin natin ang tunay na pangangailangan ng taumbayan,’’she said. (Let us focus our attention on the priority needs of the Filipino people.)