In the worst scenario, Duterte may attempt to hold on to power by declaring martial law

By Guy Camacho

Pres. Duterte and new Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano.

Pres. Duterte and new Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano.

When VP Robredo stated, “President Duterte to challenge the democratic safeguards in the very Constitution he swore to uphold on June 30, 2016, is appalling,” Duterte’s legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Robredo’s fears caused by Duterte’s comments were “misplaced.”

Whose comments are misplaced? It’s yours, Buddy-boy! Do you honestly believe that your legal opinion can replace the expressed will of the people in the Constitution.

Do you honestly believe that Duterte’s judgment, assuming he is capable of an honest one, is more enlightened than the collective judgment of Congress and the Senate? Never mind that you also want the Supreme Court to simply ‘rubber stamp’ what you, Mr. Panelo, Mr Aguirre and Mr. Calida think of what Duterte might reason out as justifiable grounds for declaring martial law.

Badong, did you not recently remind reporters that Duterte had repeatedly said that he had no intention to declare martial law? How many times did Duterte make this promise? Just joking again?

This is what happened when spineless people like you occupy high office but only to parrot what you are told – you eat what you regurgitate, and you regurgitate what eat.

With the whole world watching how the Supreme Court will respond to the challenge of the Human Rights Commissioner to have Duterte tried for the murders that he himself boastfully confessed, Duterte’s threat of declaring martial law is meant to intimidate the members of both houses of the legislative and the justices of the high court from acting accordingly and responsively.

There is only one reason that is becoming clearer why your boss, Badong, may want to declare martial law, i.e. if and when the worst scenario comes, such as EDSA 4, your boss may attempt to hold on to power by declaring martial law as a last ditch effort before making his Great Escape to Beijing via Hainan via any Chinese Coast Guard’s patrol boat.


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