Philippines Congress dismisses impeachment motions against Aquino

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Lawmakers allied with Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday threw out three impeachment motions in the House of Representatives, the first political challenge to the popular leader in four years. The impeachment motions stemmed from Aquino's controversial economic stimulus fund, which the Supreme Court declared partly illegal in July, and a new military agreement with the United States. Voting 54-4, the justice panel in the lower house of Congress declared the complaints "insufficient in substance", dismissing the three motions only after two hearings. "This is a terrible day for the Filipino people," said Neri Colmenares, a left-wing member of Congress.