Arroyo can be sued for treason over military junta
Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be the last person to think of ceding control of the government to a military junta because of her constitutional duty to uphold civilian supremacy.
“The very first action of a Chief Executive is to uphold the Constitution which clearly states the supremacy of civilian authority over the military. To let a military junta take control and do nothing is nonfeasance,” said Aquino who noted that the President could be held liable for treason.
In a phone interview, Aquino said he was shocked why the President, through her assigned spokesperson, would even consider giving way to a military junta in case of a failure of elections.
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Senate can stop junta – lawmakers
MANILA, Philippines – If there is any institution that can derail the supposed plan of President Arroyo to extend her term or the possibility of a military takeover in case there is a failure of elections on May 10, it is the Senate.
This is according to representatives Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City and Edno Joson of Nueva Ecija, and former senator Ralph Recto, who is seeking re-election under the Liberal Party.
“The key to preventing an extended GMA term or a military takeover lies in the hands of our honorable senators. For the sake of national interest, they should set aside partisan politics, get their act together and resolve the issue on the succession to the presidency in accordance with the Constitution,” Rodriguez said.
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