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Palace hopes House kills impeachment

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:56:00 12/02/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is hoping the House of Representatives, which is heavily populated by administration allies, kills the latest impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo so the nation could move on.

“We are hoping that it would happen, so that we can all concentrate on our work,” deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez told reporters when asked if the Palace expects lawmakers to kill the complaint.

The House will convene in plenary later Tuesday to vote on a report by the House committee on justice dismissing the complaint against Arroyo for insufficiency in substance.

Golez noted that the committee dismissed the complaint because the charges were based on “newspaper clippings and hearsay.”

The administration majority in the House has dismissed all impeachment complaints against the President since 2005. The complaints have invariably been based on charges of massive corruption and election fraud.

The latest complaint includes allegations of bribery surrounding the allegedly overpriced $329-million national broadband network contract between the government and China’s ZTE Corp.

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