Bacolod biz leader says impeachment case vs President Duterte a distraction, bad move

BACOLOD CITY-- With the country moving forward now, the impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte is only a distraction and a bad move that will only drag the country down, a business group leader here said.

Frank Carbon, regional governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Negros Island Region (NIR) and Western Visayas, said Thursday there is currently plenty of productive activities that Filipino people should focus on.

"Having no substantial proofs, these allegations will not gain support from the people, including us in the local business sector thus, the impeachment will likely not prosper," he said.

Carbon added: "The impeachment is a sort of distraction to the gains that we have now."

He pointed out that Philippines is lagging behind other ASEAN nations thus, impeaching the President is a "bad move".

Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed the first impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives for alleged betrayal of public trust and corruption.

The legislator from Negros Occidental cited the "state policy of killing drug offenders" as the strongest of the five grounds for the possible ouster of Duterte.

In the graft and corruption claims, Alejano said the President has several bank accounts amounting to P2.2 billion that were not declared in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth).

Moreover, Carbon said that Alejano's move is also very bad for the Negros Island Region whose fate now lies at the mercy of the current administration.

Given that Alejano hails from Negros, the impeachment complaint he filed against Duterte will definitely have an adverse effect to the push for the retention of the region, he added.

NIR was created in May 2015 through an executive order issued by then President Benigno Aquino III.

Source: Philippines News Agency