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Dangerous constitutional times EDITORIAL 03/09/2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dangerous constitutional times

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03/09/2011
These are constitutionally dangerous times for the nation, what with a president who has absolutely no respect for the separation of powers principle, as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution.

Noynoy Aquino had directly called on his allies in Congress, majority of whom are Liberal Party (LP) members, to impeach the Ombudsman, Merceditas Gutierrez, and they all agreed to do so.

Such a move brings on a dangerous situation that goes beyond Noynoy’s call to his allies in the House of Representatives to impeach a constitutional officer he personally dislikes, and wants thrown out.

The reason is simple: It works both ways. Noynoy is himself an impeachable official and calling on his LP allies in the House to impeach the Ombudsman and with these same allies agreeing to do so on Noynoy’s marching orders, also means that he can call on these same allies too, to reject any and all impeachment complaints that would be lodged against him or a close buddy..... MORE

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