Vice President Leni Robredo commented this Friday, December 23 on the alleged threat of President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law. Her response came a day after the president said that he wants the 1987 Constitution be amended so that declaration of Martial Law would be easier. Nevertheless, a Malacañang official reacted on her statements.
“The threat of a return to Martial Law and one-man-rule is the worst Christmas gift to the Filipino people.” VP Leni Robredo said in a statement posted on her official Facebook page and website. The former Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chief reacted on President Duterte’s speech this Thursday in Clarkfield, Angeles City.
“To refer to specific provisions in the 1987 Constitution prohibiting such as a “reckless reaction” to the Marcos regime is an insult to the experience of the Filipino nation that endured great suffering and hardship under the Martial Law regime.” The vice president added, noting that challenging the democratic safeguards of the constitution is appalling.
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“Let us remain vigilant against the threat of Martial Law, and fight against any move that will curtail our freedoms. This is not a battle we will take sitting down. As Filipinos, we have demonstrated our courage to stand up and make our voices heard for the sake of protecting our freedom and fighting for the truth.” VP Robredo said on the last part.
“Kung mag-declare ako ng Martial Law at may invasion ngayon o giyera, I cannot proceed on and on, lalo na kung may gulo, pupunta pa ako sa Congress, pupunta pa ako doon sa Supreme Court, if there is anybody who’d file a complaint to look into the factual, kung totoo ba, which you could not do.” President Duterte said in his speech.
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“Eh kung iba ang Supreme Court, magsabi ang Congress yes, no ito, or no ito, yes itong isa. Saan mo ako ilagay? Kaya kailangan ko talagang palitan ‘yan. But there is a safety measure there. I’ll just tell you later.” He added, who was joined by former president and now-Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the community drugwatch event.
Meanwhile, President Duterte’s Chief Legal Counsel, Secretary Salvador Panelo replied to VP Robredo’s comment on the supposed Martial Law threat. “The Vice President’s fears may have, may be misplaced. She may not have understood the context under which the President made the martial law statements.” He told reporters in Malacañang.
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“Under the Constitution, the primordial duty of the President as head of the government is to protect and serve the people. That is the context by which the President made those statements.” Panelo added, stressing out that any political decision made by President Duterte including the declaration of Martial Law is subject to the political decision of the entire people.