Robredo cannot become president in a ‘revolutionary government’

Posted by watchmen
April 10, 2019
Posted in OPINION

“…Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…” –Romans 13:1-2

 

If President Rodrigo Duterte declares a “revolutionary government,” which would dissolve the 1987 Constitution and the government operating under it, since it is that document that designated Leni Robredo as vice president, should would cease to hold that position. In fact, all positions, including the presidency, would be eliminated in a revolutionary government.

All power in a revolutionary government would be vested in the president. Such was seen when an obscure housewife declared a revolutionary government in 1986, dissolving the 1973 Constitution and grabbing power from then-President Ferdinand Marcos. During that time, all the power was held by Corazon Aquino after issuing a “Freedom Constitution,” which she and her allies (including foreigners) called the 1986 Provisional Constitution.

 

Aquino set the precedent for revolutionary governments

As shown under the first Aquino administration, when a revolutionary government is declared, the entire government operating under the prevailing constitution at the time is jettisoned (and likewise abolished) and the person who declared the revolutionary government assumes all power thereafter. She did this in 1986 with no rhyme or reason, nor legal prohibition – why can’t Duterte do it in 2019?

The act would be a repudiation of the 1987 Constitution (which must be set aside as it has shown itself to be a mere product of vindictiveness). The current government would vanish and Robredo would have no right to assume the presidency – if a revolutionary government were declared, she could be arrested if she made such a power grab.

 

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