All three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III have been declared sufficient in form by the House Committee on Justice.
The committee is set to tackle the sufficiency in substance of the complaints next week.
The first two complaints were about Aquino’s Disbursement Acceleration Program, parts of the stimulus program declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The third is over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which seeks a greater US military presence in the country despite a constitutional ban on foreign bases.
The impeachment complaints were endorsed by Bayan Muna Representatives Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Anakpawis Representative Fernando Hicap, Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon, Act Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio and Gabriela Representative Emmi De Jesus.
A fourth impeachment complaint accused Aquino of sustaining the outlawed Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the 2014 budget. The high tribunal declared as unconstitutional the congressional pork at the height of a corruption scandal under the alleged scheme of Janet Lim-Napoles.
But the complaint failed to reach the floor in time for the committee referral of the first three complaints