SO IT SEEMS
A law-maker from a party-list group who entered the House of Represen-tatives through the backdoor has filed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte with the office of the secretary general of the House, alleging that the Chief Executive has committed graft and corruption, has lost the trust and confidence of the Filipino people, and is behind the extrajudicial executions of many suspected criminals by the Davao death squad during his term as mayor of Davao City.
House Speaker Panta-leon Alvarez, an ally of the President, laughed off the impeachment lodged by the Magdalo party-list congressman, anticipating the nipping in the bud of the impeachment case against Duterte.
Under the impeach-ment rules, the complaint has to be approved by three-fourths of the total membership of the House before it is elevated to the Senate which acts as the impeachment court. The House has a total of 288 members, including those from party-list groups or organizations. Three-fourth of 288 is 216.
As everybody knows, the House is dominated by party-mates and allies of President Duterte. That being the case, the minority and allies of the Magdalo party-list congressman-complainant will be extra lucky if they can get the votes of 50 of their House colleagues which is way below the number of votes needed to forward the impeachment case to the Senate.
The impeachment complaint is full of loopholes. Assuming there is truth to the allegations of the complainant, the President, and any impeachable public official for that matter, can only be impeached by offenses committed during his term. None of the alleged offenses was committed when Duterte was already president.
On the complainant’s allegations that Duterte had amassed money amounting to P1 billion when he was mayor of Davao City, all these are hearsay.
We are not ruling out the possibility that Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV, Mr. Duterte arch enemies in Congress are behind the move to impeach Digong. Trillanes, who had led a mutiny while still in the military service years back was part of the aborted move to oust then President Gloria Maca-pagal-Arroyo from Malacanang.
Ironically, it was GMA who bailed out Trillanes from detention by bestowing upon him absolute pardon from leading the mutiny.
The impeachment complaint against Digong is harassment and part of the destabilization against the administration and a plot to oust him from power. But, again, the impeachment case won’t even reach first base, to use a baseball term, for having many discre-pancies.
In normal times, the dry season in our country begins in the month of March. We are now in the third week of the month, yet it is still rainy season. That being the case the water levels both in Lake Lanao and in Polangi Lake in Bukidnon are above normal.
The water from Lake Lanao in Marawi City which goes down to the Agus River in Lanao del Norte turns the turbines of the hydro-electric plants in Lanao del Norte, while that of Lake Polangi produces the force that makes the hydro plants in Bukidnon turn. With this situation, there should be sufficient electric power supply in Mindanao.
But surprise of surprises Tagum City and adjoining municipalities served by the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO) continue to have brownouts. Wednes-day morning last week a power outage occurred which lasted for almost four hours. Since there is enough electric power supply, the perennial power outage in Tagum is most probably due to the incompetence and mis-management of DA-NECO.
With what residents are experiencing, our dubbing of this otherwise progressive capital of Davao del NorteTagum as “brownout city” stays, and likely to last for a long time…until the solar power plant being built by capitalists from China in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental is finished and made operational.
The solar power plant undergoing construction in rolling hills in upper Banaybanay has the potential to produce from 300 mega-watts to 1 gigawatts of renewable energy. The solar power plant under construction is the biggest not only in the Philippines but even in the whole world.
As this wordsmith is now a resident of Tagum, having relocated to this fast-growing metropolis two years ago we can hardly wait for the day when the solar power plant under construction in Banaybanay is completed and goes into full operation.
We are reliably informed by an insider that the capitalists from China have plans of expanding their investments in the Philippines by going into other business ventures, including the manufacture of telecommunications equipment and gadgets.
The entry of new business ventures to Mindanao is part of the fruits of the visit of President Duterte to China last year.
The just-over cele-bration of the 80th anniversary of the birth of Davao as a chartered city will go down in history as the most memorable. For one, the grand Araw ng Dabaw parade last Thursday, March 16, had several “firsts”.
It was the first Araw ng Dabaw parade with the biggest number of contingents participating—372 all in all. For the first time the grand parade featured eight floats, symbolizing the eight decades of existence of Davao as a chartered city. Each float represented an episode in the history of Davao City from the time of Datu Bago, acknowledged as the founder of Davao, to the Spanish colonization of Davao by Don Jose Uyanguren to the issuance of an executive order by then Mayor Elias Baguio Lopez in 1968, designating March 16 as Araw ng Dabaw.
Because of the big number of contingents joining the activity, the largest ever, the parade lasted for seven hours—from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. , starting from Freedom Park on Roxas Avenue, passing through Claro M. Recto, Bonifacio and Pelayo streets, and winding up at Rizal Park on San Pedro Street where a program was held.