Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last night dared critics of his policies on Chinese fishing in Philippine waters to impeach him, warning that he would put all of them behind bars. “Impeach ako? Kulungin ko sila lahat. Subukan nyo (Impeach me? I’ll put them all in jail. Just try it),” he said in a chance interview at Malacañang.
He also said the constitutional provision on the country’s exclusive economic zone is for the “thoughtless and the senseless” as he claimed that the Charter would become a mere piece of paper in case war erupts over the EEZ.? Former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said Duterte may be impeached for failing to perform his constitutional mandate to defend ?Philippine territory. He said the national territory includes the 200-nautical-mile EEZ.?
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio cited a provision in the Constitution mandating the president to protect the country’s marine wealth in archipelagic waters, territorial sea and EEZ, and to reserve its use and enjoyment to Filipinos. “That is a provision for the thoughtless and the senseless. The protection of our economic rights about the economic zone resolves this? I am protecting the country and 110 million Filipinos,” Duterte said.
“I will go and tell them, get out, this is the Constitution. They will tell you, ‘you run out of toilet paper, use that.’ If they say, you present to me a Constitution like that and we have this ruckus claiming the same place in our jurisdiction, I will say, if you do not have something to wipe your butt with, use your Constitution. Because that means war,” Duterte said.
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15 July, 2019