Duterte to CJ Sereno: Would You Rather I Declare Martial Law???


President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday raised the possibility of declaring martial law if the judiciary will get in the way of his ongoing war against illegal drugs. Duterte made the remarks after Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote him a letter as regards the seven judges that Duterte named in his list of alleged coddlers of drug dealers.

 Sereno had said that the judges Duterte tagged in drug trafficking should not surrender to law enforcers unless there were warrants for their arrest. "Ikaw ang kingpin sa judiciary. Ako, presidente. Ako may trabaho, ikaw wala. Walang mga judges na nagpa-patrol ng daan. Walang mga sheriff ninyo na naghuhuli," Duterte said in yet another speech before government troops, this time in Camp Evangelista in Cagayan De Oro City. "Yan ang mabigat na problema ko... Hindi ako gago. If this continues, pigilan mo ako, o di sige... Or would you rather that I declare martial law?" he added

Duterte said many have suffered because of the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. "Pinapatay ang mga Pilipino. I grieve for the so many women raped, men killed, infants raped, tapos ipitin mo ako? I have to clean," Duterte said.

 Duterte also raised the possibility of ordering members of the executive branch to ignore the orders of the judiciary. "Do not create a crisis because I will order everyone in the Executive Department not to honor you," Duterte said. Duterte also took a swipe at President Benigno Aquino III and the past administration.

"There was a slaughter going on. And mind you, you were appointed by the government there in your office as Chief Justice at that time na walang ginawa ang gobyerno," Duterte said.In a letter, Sereno told Duterte that she had advised judges against making themselves "physically accountable" if there were no warrants issued for their arrest.

To safeguard the role of the judges as the protectors of constitutional rights, I would caution them very strongly against 'surrendering' or making themselves physically accountable to any police officer in the absence of any duly-issued warrant of arrest that is pending," Sereno told Duterte. But the President argued that issuing warrants of arrest to all drug personalities would be next to impossible given the inefficiencies in the justice system.

source: gma news

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