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Rep. Gary Alejano faces perjury complaint

Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo Party-list group announce the filling of Impeachment charges against President Rodrigo Duterte at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 16, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manila Philippines, House of Representatives Majority Leader Rodolfo Pariiñas warned Magdalo party-list representative Gary Alejano that he faces perjury and ethics complaints due to the hearsay content of his impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.

During the hearing, Alejano admitted that he does not have direct knowledge regarding the thousands of killings he alleged in his complaint.

As of yesterday, May 14, 207, impeachment hearing:

House Committee on Justice hears the impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte.


– Justice Committee Chair Rey Umali: It will be in the best interest of the nation to resolve this case without delay
– Rep. Fredenil Castro: Causes of action are based on causes that were already existing at the time of filing
– Lawmakers question supplemental impeachment complaint
– Supplemental complaint contains issues on maritime rights
– House to determine sufficiency in form of complaint
– Rep. Gary Alejano: I have no personal knowledge of killings
– Umali explains difference between personal knowledge vs. hearsay: “Hearsay will not stand in trial.”
– Fariñas to Alejano: You will be wasting our time here. How can we bring this forward if all your information is hearsay?
– Fariñas to Alejano: If your complaint is not your own, let another person be the complainant and then you endorse
– Fariñas: The purpose of verification is to secure assurance from the complainant that info is true and correct, not speculative
– Fariñas to Alejano: You’re testifying for another person. Dapat si Matobato, Lascañas nalang ang nag testify

“Kahit itataya ko ‘yung posisyon ko bilang representative ng Magdalo Partylist. It doesn’t matter, because alam ko tama ‘yung tinatayuan natin.” — Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano


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