Philippines: House panel kills impeachment complaint vs President Duterte

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In this March 30, 2017 file photo, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano shows a page from the impeachment complaint against President Rodrgio Duterte filed at the House of Representatives. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines (Update 2, first published at 1:41 p.m.) — The House justice committee declared on Monday that the first impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte is sufficient in form but insufficient in substance.

Emerging from a closed-door session after a morning of public deliberations, 42 members of the committee effectively dismissed the complaint, filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano who accuses Duterte of violating the Constitution.

The complaint, the first against Duterte who was inaugurated president last year, was filed in March by Alejano who accused the president of violating the Constitution in allowing killings linked to the war on drugs and treason in conferral with China on matters…

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