Pres. Duterte threatens to declare 'Revolutionary war' and 'suspension of habeas corpus' until end of term against critics

Pres. Duterte threatens to declare 'Revolutionary war' and 'suspension of habeas corpus' until end of term against critics




A revolutionary war and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus was suggested by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after an opposition senator cautioned him in reviewing government contracts.’’
Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon has asked the Duterte administration to exercise “extreme caution” in re examining government contracts, saying existing and binding contracts cannot simply     be classified as onerous and canceled.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at  Koronadal City (philstar)


Drilon, an opposition senator schooled the President saying that government must respect the sanctity of the contracts or no country or entity would enter into deals with the Philippines. He also noted that the power to review contracts should not be used as a harassment tool. 
President Duterte was angered by Drilon's suggestion and insisted that "onerous" provisions should not be honored. 

"Why should I be careful in reviewing contracts that are not in the interest of the people? And the onerous and (burdensome) provisions there that the people will have to honor, so you think I will allow it? Just because we cannot impair the obligation of our contracts?" Duterte said.
The President said he would suspend the writ of habeas corpus “if pushed against the wall.”

"I have enough problems with criminality, drugs, rebellion and all pero pag ako ang pinaabot ninyo ng sagad (if you go too far), I will declare a suspension of the writ of habeas corpus and I will arrest all of you," the president said. 
"So kasama kayo sa mga rebelde mga kriminal pati mga durugista. Then pahirapan mo ako (You will be at par with rebels, criminals and drug addicts. If you make it hard for me), I will declare a revolutionary war until the end of my term, then pasensiyahan tayo (we have to bear this)," he added. 


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