Lawyer warns of rise of 'little dictators' under revolutionary gov't

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2017 09:23 AM | Updated as of Oct 17 2017 09:32 AM

MANILA - A member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission warned Tuesday about the possible rise of small dictators if a revolutionary government is established.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to set up a revolutionary government and declare all positions vacant in order quell alleged efforts to destabilize his administration.

Speaking to ANC Tuesday, lawyer Christian Monsod said Duterte will have to yield to political dynasties and warlords in order to hold on to power under a revolutionary government, which he said is basically a dictatorship.

"Sino ba ang kawawa sa lahat kapag nagkaroon ng diktadurya? Hindi ba 'yung mga maliliit? Bakit? Kasi pag merong dictatorship maraming sisipot... There will be new small dictators at the local level," he said.

"'Even if he is generally pro-poor, he needs to govern. He cannot do it all by himself... 'Yun ang mangyayari. In order to govern, you have to yield to the power of the dynasties and war lords."

The lawyer also believes federalism is not the answer to the pressing problem of the country because the present Constitution of checks and balances is not the problem.

He said the main problem is government's failure to implement the Constitution's provisions on social justice. He said reforms and the devolution of powers to local governments is possible via legislation.

"When you have a functioning system -- which we have -- it's better to just reform and refine rather than overhaul. There is no empirical evidence to show that one system is better than the other," he said.