INC trying to stop Gutierrez impeachment?

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MANILA, Philippines – House Justice Committee chairman Niel Tupas Jr. claimed the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has backed Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

Tupas said the INC has been calling on lawmakers to vote down the impeachment complaint pending before the House of Representatives plenary.

“[Liberal Party] members and even non-LP members received phone calls from a high ranking official of INC to kill the impeachment against Ombudsman Gutierrez,” he claimed.

Tupas refused to name the INC official.

Two other congressmen confirmed getting phone calls from the INC, but on the condition of anonymity.

Tupas and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte meantime assured lawmakers that their priority development assistance funds (PDAF) will not be withheld regardless of how they will vote on the impeachment.

Tupas said, “I think the policy of a minimum PDAF applying to all is still in effect since we are not aware of a contrary directive.”

Belmonte, for his part, said “definitely the PDAF will not be affected by how one votes.”

The PDAF has allegedly been used by the Executive, which some call a carrot-and-stick approach, to make sure allies in the legislature toe its line.

A text message purportedly blackmailing lawmakers into supporting the impeachment also circulated among lawmakers over the weekend.

The text message is being attributed to Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, which oversees budgeting and releases of funding.

The text reads: “Frm Cong. Abaya-Favor kindly disseminate to all reps – LP and non-LPs. Thisshud b made clear to all. Those who will vote no or absent/abstain on impeachment will get 0 as in zero. At least walang sisihan that there was no forewarning….”

Upon receipt of the text message, ABS-CBN forwarded it to Abaya, Majority Leader Boyet Gonzales, Justice Committee Chair Niel Tupas Jr. and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte for validation and comment.

Gonzales and Tupas sent separate messages denying it for Abaya.

Tupas said, “I don’t think so. No such thing.”

Gonzales said, “I just talked to Jun abaya. He denies it. It maybe a disinformation campaign to muddle the impeachment process.”

Abaya merely said, “intrigue.”


4 responses to “INC trying to stop Gutierrez impeachment?

  1. kagaguhang report naman simulat sapul hindi sumasali ang INC sa anumang kaguluhan mas lalu na yung mga bagay na makasisira sa reputasyon ng INC. Hindi ganun ka hangal ang mga opisyales ng inc mas lalu na kung pag uusapan ay kapakanan ng INC lakas man @ kapangyarihan ang ugnay dito ALAM LAHAT ng member ng INC yan ! dahil yan ang naging doktrina sa amin bago kami naanib @ sumampalataya ! alam ng INC ang mga bagay na makasisira sa relasyun namin sa dyos ayaw ng INC sa kaguluhan @magiging magulo! TALINO @ SAMPALATAYANG MAY GAWA ang ARMAS ng IGLESIA ni CRISTO sa mga TAONG may masamang kaisipan TULAD MO ! ang panlaban ng INC sa sinumang KUMAKAAWAY NIT

  2. @raimond bartolo:

    How about this one:

    Can you explain that one? Kagaguhan pa rin ba yan or INC hypocricy? LOL!

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