Pimentel: public support needed for impeach raps to prosper

"The silent majority must break their silence and back up the moves to impeach the President. If the people simply keep quiet about the misdeeds of the President, it would be much more difficult to remove her by impeachment," Pimentel said.

The senator warned that blocking the impeachment process might have "dreadful consequences in terms of forcing disgruntled members of society to take extra-legal or violent means in their desperation to see the desired change or reforms in the national leadership."

"Lest I be misunderstood, I want Gloria removed from office, the sooner, the better. But I want it done constitutionally, not violently," he said.

"If impeachment can remove her, so be it. But as I have time and again pointed out, the impeachment process only gives the President another chance to buy the votes of the buyable members of the House of Representatives as shown in the last impeachment try against her."

"The people need not demonstrate if even that causes them paralysis. The next best thing is for them to swamp the editorial offices of the mass media with their support for impeachment," Pimentel said.

He said a more drastic step in pursuing the impeachment case would be the non-payment of taxes.

He said the other alternative is to move against Ms Arroyo to make her resign so that new elections could be held. (H. Marcos C. Mordeno/MindaNews)