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Final Impeachment Complaint

Final Impeachment Complaint

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Fourth impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, October 13, 2008.
Fourth impeachment complaint filed against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, October 13, 2008.

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Published by: Manuel L. Quezon III on Oct 13, 2008
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Fourteenth (14
th
) CongressHouse of Representatives ComplexConstitution Hills, Quezon City
IN THE MATTER OF THEIMPEACHMENT OF GLORIAMACAPAGAL-ARROYO,PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLICOF THE PHILIPPINES,JOSE DE VENECIA III, EDITHABURGOS, ERLINDA CADAPAN,ROLEX T. SUPLICO, JOSEFINAT. LICHAUCO, H. HARRY L.ROQUE, JR., RENATOCONSTANTINO, JR., HENRI S.KAHN, FRANCISCO ALCUAZ,REZ CORTEZ, VIRGILIOEUSTAQUIO, JOSE LUISALCUAZ, LEAH LOPEZNAVARRO, CONCEPCIONEMPENO, ELMER LABOG,ARMANDO L. ALBARILLO,ROMEO S. CLAMOR, and BEBUBULCHAND,Complainants,
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IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINT 
Complainants, respectfully state:
 Prefatory“Our government is the potent, the
 
breeds contempt for law; it invites every man tobecome a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”
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 “What the presidency is at any particular moment depends in important measure on who is President.”
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 “Public office is a public trust. Publicofficers and employees must at all times beaccountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.”
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From the time Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ascended into the Presidencyin 2001 and up to the present, her administration had been marred by protests and controversies, namely, People Power III (May 1, 2001), theoverpriced Northrail project, the anomalous ZTE-NBN contract, “HelloGarci” Scandal, the ZTE-Diwalwal scandal, and the Swine Scandal, amongothers. By being involved in these controversies, respondent betrayed the public trust, committed culpable violations of the Constitution and the lawsthat she has sworn to uphold, and simply failed to live and lead by example.President Arroyo is also criminally responsible for the deaths of manyFilipinos by presiding over the crafting and implementation of a NationalInternal Security Plan, with a military component call “Oplan Bantay Laya”that has allowed state security forces to commit heinous human rights
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violations with impunity, victimizing innocent civilians, mostly leaders, andmembers of organizations critical to her administration.This complaint calls for an inquiry into the conduct of the Chief Executive. It demands that a proceeding for the removal of respondent, whoabused and misused and continues to abuse and misuse her executive power, be conducted by our Legislative Department, lest our country fall intoanarchy.
 Nature of the Complaint 
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This is a verified Complaint, in the name of the Filipino peopleand for the Filipino people, to impeach and bring to trial Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines, for her betrayal of  public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, and graft andcorruption. It is being filed in accordance with the provisions of Sections 2and 3, Article XI (on Accountability of Public Officers), of the 1987Constitution.
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CONSTITUTION, ART. XI, SECTIONS 2 and 3, respectively state:Section 2. The President, Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court,the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may beremoved from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violationof the constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or  betrayal of public trust. All other public officers and employees may beremoved from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment.Section 3. (1) The House of Representatives shall have the exclusive power toinitiate all cases of impeachment.

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