MANILA - The word war between Vice President Leni Robredo and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues as the latter denied Monday that his threats to impeach the country's second highest official is not irresponsible.
Alvarez on Friday said Robredo may be ousted for allegedly betraying public trust when she sent a video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, where she criticized the government's war on drugs.
Robredo's camp over the weekend dismissed Alvarez' impeachment threat as "baseless and irresponsible."
The Speaker, in a phone interview with radio DZMM, turned the table on Robredo, saying "Iyung responsible ay iyung act ni Leni Robredo -- hindi ko matawag na VP kasi hindi tayo sigurado kung talagang nanalo iyan -- iyung kanyang act na nagpadala ng video clip sa United Nations, iyun ang talagang very, very irresponsible."
"Sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, ngayon lang po nangyari iyang may opisyal ng gobyerno na nagpadala ng video clip doon at walang pangundangan na siniraan ang ating bayan," he added.
(What is irresponsible is the act of Leni Robredo -- I can't call her VP because we're not sure if she really won the May elections -- her act of sending a video clip to the United Nations, that is what's very, very irresponsible. In the history of the Philippines, that was the first time that a government official sent a video there and recklessly slandered our country.)
Painting the country in a bad light, he added, will jeopardize economy and booming tourism.
Alvarez said he is considering adding treason the the impeachment raps that he may file against Robredo after the congressional recess.
Robredo's spokesperson, Georgina Hernadez has said the Vice President did not seek to humiliate the administration but renew instead the country's commitment to addressing alleged human rights violations in the anti-narcotics crackdown.
She said Robredo is unfazed by the looming charges.