Salute to 32s, shame on 173

Today, August 24, is the day Filipinos should mourn.

Our elected officials in the House of Representatives threw out the 2nd impeachment complaint against President Arroyo. The Filipino people, including me, cannot comprehend how “insufficient the substance” of the complaint is to warrant the junking with allegations of worst kind.

Victims and families of victims of extra-judicial killings, abduction and disappearance, arrest and detention and violent dispersal and other heinous forms of human rights violation taking place daily, cannot and will not understand how our legislators meet such decisions–in particular the 173.

I feel deeply ashame of being a Filipino of how legislators acted in performing their duties–for self interest, subjectivity, political and party affiliations, of bribes and favours, and the likes. The fate of the Filipino people cannot and will not be equated to a an absurd “substance”.

By junking this complaint without giving it proper and adequate measures for the accused executive and head of state to explain to her people her defense it completely if not totally insane; self serving and absurd. All the worst description to describe my exploding emotions fits in this.

In respect of those who stood for the cause, fought but lost, below are the list of the legislators who voted to impeach the president. Salute to this people.

1. Henedina Abad
2. Nereus Acosta
3. Benjamin Agarao
4. Mario Aguja
5. Juan Edgardo Angara
6. Darlene Antonino-Custodio
7. Agapito Aquino
8. Benigno Aquino III
9. Teddy Casiño
10. Alan Peter Cayetano
11. Justin Marc Chipeco
12. Francis Escudero
13. Roilo Golez
14. Teofisto Guingona III
15. Mujiv Hataman
16. Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel
17. Ruy Elias Lopez
18. Renato Magtubo
19. Manuel Mamba
20. Imee Marcos
21. Rafael Mariano
22. Liza Maza
23. Florencio Noel
24. Saturnino Ocampo
25. Rodolfo Plaza
26. Gilbert Remulla
27. Etta Rosales
28. Rolex Suplico
29. Lorenzo Tañada III
30. Joel Villanueva
31. Joel Virador
32. Ronaldo Zamora


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