Chel Diokno says Duterte belittling Constitution invalidates his presidency


Posted at Jun 29 2019 07:58 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2019 08:25 PM

MANILA—Rights lawyer Chel Diokno said President Rodrigo Duterte undermined his position by comparing the 1987 Constitution to "toilet paper," part of a series of scathing tweets he posted on Saturday.

"Di na dapat tawaging Pangulo si Duterte sapagka’t ang pwestong iyan ay galing sa 1987 Constitution na sabi niya’y pampahid lang ng pwet," Diokno said in a tweet.

"Imbis na pangulo, tawagin na lang natin siyang emperador — emperador na hubad at huwad."

Diokno was referring to Duterte's remarks that China would use the Constitution as "toilet paper" if Duterte uses it to defend the disputed West Philippine Sea.

"Sabihin ko, 'Get out because this is the Constitution.' Sabihin sa’yo [ng China], 'Naubusan ka na ng toilet paper? Gamitin mo ’yan,'" Duterte said Thursday.

Screengrab from Chel Diokno's official Twitter page

Diokno, who ran for senator but lost, said the President could not cite the 16 million votes he received in the 2016 elections as the right to suffrage comes from the Constitution.

"Di rin niya pwedeng sabihin na siya’y binoto ng 16 milyon na Pilipino sapagka’t ang karapatang bumoto ay nanggagaling din sa 1987 Constitution na kanya’y binabasura," he said.

"Sabihin na natin ang katotohanan: walang iginagalang na batas si Duterte kundi yung nanggagaling sa kanyang bibig. Kahit mga utos ng Diyos ay walang kwenta sa kanya."

Duterte has said that a military conflict between the Philippines and China will be the only result if Manila keeps disputing with Beijing for sovereignty over the Philippine exclusive economic zone.

He, however, promised he will push forward the ruling, which favored the country in a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal and invalidated Beijing’s historic rights to resources in the entire South China Sea.