The nation might endure one other dictatorship if President Duterte would violate the Constitution on the length of the martial law in Mindanao.
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan issued the warning after the President mentioned he would solely take heed to the army and the police, not the Supreme Court and Congress, on the lifting of martial rule.
“No one is above the law, not even the President. We oppose any violation of the Constitution on matters pertaining to the martial law declaration,” Pangilinan wrote on Facebook.
“To allow the President to disregard the Constitution is to open the gates to dictatorship. This we vigorously oppose. Might is not right,” he mentioned.
He reminded Duterte that he has sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, “not willfully defile it and do only as he wants.”
He additionally appealed to the President’s Cabinet members and the Armed Forces management “to assert themselves, to speak truth to the President, to caution and urge him not to violate the Constitution and his oath of office.”
“We urge all our cabinet members and the Armed Forces to be true to their own respective oaths of office. Do not allow yourselves to be used as instruments in acts of reckless disregard of our constitutional democracy,” he mentioned.