- Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat, Jr. didn’t mince words in criticizing Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo for his absurd propositions
- Just last week, Panelo said he is planning to suggest to Duterte to establish a “constitutional dictatorship”
- Baguilat said that Filipinos have shed blood to gain freedom from the Marcoses, and the mere act of considering Panelo’s proposition is an insult to the freedom fighters
Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Baguilat, Jr. has all the reasons to criticize Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo for putting forward an idea to establish a “constitutional dictatorship” in the country. Baguilat reiterates that such proposition underscores the sacrifices of Filipinos who shed blood and tears in order for Filipinos to enjoy the kind of freedom they are having now.
“All Filipinos, including Panelo, owe the freedoms that they enjoy today to the steep sacrifice made by the thousands of activists, freedom fighters and advocates who brought down Martial Law and then successfully toppled the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986,” said the fearless representative.
Baguilat considers the absurd suggestion of Panelo to suppress the attained freedoms as an insult to the price that generations of the pas had to pay just to secure the various freedoms that are currently enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.
These insulting thoughts and propositions must not be entertained, said the Ifugao rep. It must not also be given an iota of attention.
According to the patriot, “the authoritarian rule frowned upon by the Constitution is again rearing its ugly head with the proposal from the president’s lawyer for a constitutional dictatorship. It is painful to see a lawyer advocate a position that is scorned by the very Constitution on which he made a living.”
The words of Baguilat resonated with a loud ring, considering that Panelo, being a lawyer, entrusted with defending the law, the Constitution and the ideals it uphold is contemplating on the possibility of the President having power over the legislative and executive branches of the government. This runs very contrary to the Constitution that governs the Philippines at present.
Panelo mentioned last week that he is considering suggesting to President Duterte, who likewise happened to be a lawyer, to be given power over both legislative and executive branches of the government.
Aside from Panelo, another Duterte supporter, Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon made a somewhat similar proposition where he would be filing a resolution that would grant the President emergency powers and suspend the writ of habeas corpus.
Baguilat said that the concept of a constitutional dictatorship, which will eventually eradicate the system of checks and balances, will presuppose that the President and his cabinet members know everything that could benefit the Philippines. The Ifugao representative said that such is not only myopic and unrealistic but “outrightly arrogant.”