Duterte order to
Calida and Alvarez to oust Sereno destroys system of checks and
Movement Against Tyranny
April 10, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
President Rodrigo Duterte’s livid response to Chief Justice Ma
Lourdes Sereno’s acceptance speech in yesterday’s Parangal Ng
Kagitingan awards displays how he has swept away the checks and
balances so necessary for democracies to function.
An irate Duterte said he
would personally ensure Sereno’s ouster from the Supreme Court: “I
will egg (Solicitor General) Calida to do his best. Ako na mismo
maglakad, magkalaban sa ‘yo.”
Duterte also said he would
ask Congress to “go into the impeachment right away” and “to ask
Speaker Alvarez now, kindly fast track the impeachment of Sereno.”
Directly addressing Sereno,
Duterte said: “Sige ka diyan, daldal nang daldal, sige, upakan kita.
I will help any investigator, talagang upakan kita. I am putting you
on notice na I am now your enemy and you have to be out of the
In declaring himself an
enemy of the Chief Justice and guaranteeing her ouster from the
Supreme Court, the President also declared war on a Constitution
that clearly stipulates the co-equal status of the executive,
legislative and judicial branches of government.
Likewise, his brusque
order for the House of Representatives to fast track an impeachment
process his solicitor general has tried to derail gives lie to his
efforts to wash his hands off this persecution of Sereno.
Speaker Alvarez’s swift
assurance that his lord’s order be done only cements the reputation
of the House of Representatives as a chamber of servile, venal
politicians who have reduced Congress to a rubber stamp of
We challenge Supreme Court
justices: pull back from the brink. Show the tyrant that there are
lines you will not cross.
But we are sure of one
thing. Even if our so-called democratic institutions crumble from
the rot of corruption and the iron-hand of tyrannical rule, the
Filipino people will resist, we will not give up the fight.