Or maybe squashed may be a more apt term. Like a bug.
The House committee on justice voted to dismiss the intervention complaint advanced by Manolo Quezon and a group of bloggers which sought to add the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as one of the grounds for impeachment of President Arroyo. The House supposedly lacked jurisdiction to take cognizance of another impeachment complaint since there had already been an earlier one filed by Joey De Vencia et. al. based on other grounds. The committee brushed aside the argument that this was not a new impeachment suit, but merely one which seeks to consolidate an issue with should properly be included in the acts constituting impeachable offenses committed by GMA.
This was not entirely unexpected. Arroyo will not allow such a potentially damaging issue to be included in the impeachment process, especially with the Supreme Court decision holding that the BJE-MOA engineered by Malacanang was unconstitutional. The MILF deal can be characterized as treasonous.
But this does not bode well for the main impeachment case. The House will make short work of this latest attempt at unseating GMA. Her friends want her to have a stress-free Christmas.