Abad: Impeachment Crisis has Strengthened the
|Secretary Florencio Butch Abad
The recent crisis over the impeachment of Chief Justice Hilario
Davide has strengthened the political clout of the Liberal Party.
This was the key message of LP President Butch Abad’s speech in
Makati City on November 21, 2003. Speaking at the bimonthly gathering
of the FNF Alumni Group, Abad said that one indication for the growing
attractiveness of the LP was an increased interest from many sides
to join the party. The LP president announced that the President
of the Senate, Senator Franklin Drilon, would formally join the
party on November 28th, 2003.
On a more general note, Abad said that the impeachment crisis
has raised the awareness of the Filipino people regarding the
importance of responsible exercise of legislative power and the
significance of democratic checks and balances.
The impeachment crisis, Abad said, has forced us “to revisit
and recommit ourselves to basic principles and values enshrined
in our Constitution”.
From the very beginning, the Liberal Party of the Philippines
was in the forefront of the political forces opposing the impeachment
efforts. According to Abad, the impeachment efforts were premature,
baseless and also unconstitutional. The Liberal leader said that
in contrast to the perpetrators of the impeachment, his party
was in favour of strengthening the Supreme Court “as an
institution, particularly as an interventionist and activist one”.
The LP-President noted that the impeachment crisis would have
negative implications for the political alliance in Congress:
“While (the) ‘Sunshine Coalition’ has been momentarily preserved,
the dark clouds brought about by the impeachment crisis will eventually
force the dissolution of the Coalition.”