Statement of Vice President Leni Robredo
30 May 2017
We should all be concerned by the President’s declaration that he will not listen to Congress and the Supreme Court on the issue of Martial Law.
Every public servant takes an oath to preserve and defend our Constitution. The very legitimacy of our government is based on this faithful adherence to our Constitution. We cannot deny the power of Congress and the Supreme Court to review any proclamation of Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.
This is a process borne out of our bitter experience under the Marcos dictatorship. Many of our fellow Filipinos fear that our nation will once again sink into the quagmire of violence and abuse that prevailed during those dark times.
Our Constitution was crafted precisely to prevent the abuse of power. Our trust and support for the institutions that safeguard our Constitution is the only assurance we have that genuine democracy will be sustained and that the rights of every Filipino will be upheld.
We trust that the President realizes that such reckless statements only further add to apprehension felt by many citizens.
We must reassure our people that whatever situation may arise, their leaders will remain faithful to the Constitution.
We urge the President: take back what he said about disregarding Congress and the Supreme Court and be an example to all public servants that in the face of whatever crisis in our nation, we will all remain faithful to our Constitution and our democracy.