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.