“The President, being a lawyer, should know that he does not have the power to jail senators for doing our constitutional duties. His orders are flatly illegal and unconstitutional,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros in a statement on Thursday, a reaction to another executive threat.
On a post online, Senator Leila de Lima said that the president is “self-destructing,” adding that his threats are an act of desperation.
MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte recently threatened that he would take Senators to jail if they cite his Cabinet members for contempt in its ongoing probe on the anomalies in the Government’s Covid-19 supply purchases.
The officials, however, blew this off, saying Duterte is in no position to do so.
“Last time I checked, we are in a democracy. The Senate has no obligation to stop its investigations just because the president feels offended. He is President Duterte, not King Duterte,” she added.
Senator Panfilo Lacson cited Rule 113 of the Rules of the Court, which reads that only courts can issue arrest warrants.
“Under Section 5, even a warrantless arrest or citizen’s arrest has clearly defined circumstances.”
The President is a lawyer. He should know his law,” Lacson added.
Likewise, Senate President Vicente Sotto III merely said, “I’m taking it as the President is just fulminating,” when asked for comments. (HMP/The MiNT)