It’s 1972 all over again! De Lima warns about ‘revival’ of dictatorship in 2018

It is already 2018 and yet, insofar as detained Sen. Leila de Lima is concerned this year is a “throwback” to 1972, the start of the martial law regime of then President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

“I would like to be optimistic about the new year. But I cannot,” De Lima said.

Why? She said 2018 “appears to be the year when our constitutional democracy is replaced with constitutional authoritarianism, a throwback to 1972 when Ferdinand Marcos legitimized dictatorship in the Philippines through a new constitution.”

These include the current impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the planned impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

“The weakening of the independent institutions of our system of checks and balance always precedes the coming of a dictatorship,” De Lima said.

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