January 31, 2018
Bayan views the suspension of Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang as an act of tyranny by the Duterte regime. Despite the legal prohibition set by the Supreme Court, the Duterte regime pushed through with the suspension because it wants to create a chilling effect on independent bodies that serve as checks and balance against abuses by the executive. The suspension is a stern warning to all who would dare cross Malacanang.
It is because of this propensity to disregard or undermine constitutional checks and balance that the current regime cannot be trusted with Charter change. Plans to amend the constitution may end up further weakening the independent commissions, thereby empowering a dictatorship. Duterte should lift the suspension order. Malacanang should keep its hand off the Office of the Ombudsman. The people should oppose any Charter change effort that aims to further weaken checks and balance in government. ###
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