After the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte acknowledged the de-facto revocation of the political amnesty of the leader of the 2003 military coup and 2007 mutiny against the legitimate government of the Philippines, instead of facing arrest the wanted fugitive Antonio Trillanes took shelter in the Senate where the current Senate President Tito Sotto commenced to obstruct justice by harbouring the venomous fugitive.
Apart from the dishonourable conduct of Sotto and many of his colleagues, by openly defying lawful orders to arrest a man who has lost his political privileges and his always controversial political amnesty, Sotto and his colleagues have created a lawless human rampart which mocks any sense of justice, order as well as the people’s will.
While Trillanes will not be able to hide in the Senate forever, his colleagues have forever brought disgrace to their names and by extrapolation to the Senate itself. Because of this it is high time for President Duterte to do what in the past he has threatened to do: issue a proclamation calling for the establishment of a revolutionary government.
In 1986 when Corey Aquino came to power in the aftermath of a deeply controversial election, she issued Proclamation No. 3 which suspended all normal political institutions and in their place consecrated a revolutionary government that would rule the country until such a time that a new constitution could be adopted.
This extraordinary move was justified by the extraordinary circumstances which transpired on the streets of The Philippines in the aftermath of the 1986 election. However, while critics have stated that the manifold obstacles preventing President Rodrigo Duterte from executing his democratic mandate do not rise to the level of extraordinary circumstances necessary to justify a revolutionary government, in reality that which faces Duterte today is far more extraordinary than which the leadership faced in 1986.
While Corey Aquino’s election was mired in controversy, President Duterte’s 2016 election was a clean and unambiguous victory. Yet ever since the former Mayor of Davao City became The President of The Republic of The Philippines, multiple opponents of Duterte have done everything in their power to obstruct him from carrying out his legal mandate which includes a mandate for vast constitutional reforms aimed at transforming the unitary republic into a more democratic federal republic.
While Trillanes has gone much further than his fellow obstructionists in calling for a military coup against the election President, what’s even more disgraceful is how the Senate President and other Senators including the infamous Frank Drilon are now openly defying the state of law by sheltering someone whose arrest has been ordered in light of high criminality that was forgiven by the precious leader as a political favour.
The Senators rallying behind Trillanes are not only obstructing justice but obstructing the will of the people – people who comprise a nation that is in its vast majority supportive of Duterte’s policies. Had the Senate not acted as an open fifth column engaging in a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the plain necessity of a revolutionary government would likely not have arisen. But because of the blatant defiance of the law and the people’s will, the Senators in question have made it so that existing political institutions of the country that were to be drastically reformed if not done away with according to the planned constitutional reforms set forth by Duterte’s PDP-Laban party have lost their purpose. It has therefore become clear that a Revolutionary Government must be proclaimed in order to preserve peace and order in the country.
No successful nation would tolerate the kind of lawlessness that certain Filipino Senators think is normal behaviour. In Singapore, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Germany or France such behaviour would not be tolerated for one second. In order to keep The Philippines from descending into the kind of political anarchy that is apparently desired by the lawless Senators, a Revolutionary Government which suspends both houses of the legislature and allows the President to develop, ratify and impliment a new constitution as soon as possible is required.
The extraordinary developments of the last 24 hours have proved that while constitutional reform was in any case needed as a matter of urgency, the level of this urgency has become exponentially magnified due to the fact that the Senate whose duty it is to uphold the law has now become a gangsters nest of fiends, scoundrels and thieves.
Duterte commands the popularity and respect of the vast majority of the nation and yet it is a group of devious Senators holding the entire nation to ransom. This is without a doubt the gravest danger that The Philippines has faced since the Daesh aligned Maute Group’s assault on Marawi in May of 2017.
But while the Battle of Marawi was one of the people versus terrorists, today’s battle is that of the people and legitimate president versus traitors from within. The Roman statesman Cicero once said,
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear”.
If need be Duterte should even cut his diplomatic mission to Israel and Jordan short and allow his colleagues to handle the remainder of his duties. It is time for a Revolutionary Government to preserve peace and uphold the dignity of the Philippine nation.