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Three Philippine lawmakers back move to impeach president Aquino

Published on Jul 21, 2014 5:13 PM
Philippine President Benigno Aquino delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of world's largest indoor stadium, erected by a politically-influential religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Bocaue town, Bulacan province, north of Manila, on July 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MANILA (REUTERS) - Three Philippine politicians on Monday threw their weight behind a bid to impeach President Benigno Aquino after the top court ruled his economic stimulus fund was illegal, although his control of the legislature is likely to thwart the attempt.

Two citizens' groups filed a complaint against Mr Aquino a week before Congress reopens for its second regular session, accusing him of betraying the public trust and violating the constitution. "President Aquino cannot invoke or feign good faith or regularity of his acts since he created, implemented and defended the Disbursement Allocation Program and all unconstitutional acts under it," they said.

The complaint refers to a 145-billion-peso (S$4.14-billion) economic stimulus fund to boost public spending created by Mr Aquino in 2011. But some of the money went to allies in Congress, a constitutional violation.

Monday's case is the second move to impeach Mr Aquino after a complaint last week by a former congressman, as record low popularity ratings in the two most recent independent opinion polls leave the president looking vulnerable.

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