The new President and the concept of Separation of Powers

The age-old adage still holds true today: too much of something is bad. Allow too much liberty, fear for anarchy. Place too much power in one person (or entity), expect autocracy.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (Source: CBCP News)

Our country knows this too well by experience. The dictatorship of Marcos taught us the importance of ‘checks and balances’ which is the essence of the principle of separation of powers among the three branches of our republican government. The Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Departments are all given authority on their own but are not allowed to encroach upon the prerogatives of another.

In his victory party speech last June 8, Duterte warned lawmakers to not obstruct his anti-drug and crime campaigns.

In reply, incumbent senator Lacson defended the autonomy of Legislature and contended that no one can impede the Legislative from exercising their mandate.

“We will conduct investigations in aid of legislation whenever necessary, and nobody, not even the President of the Republic, can dictate and stop us from doing our job,” he said in a text message to reporters.

President-elect Duterte is known for his somehow deterrent albeit extreme anti-crime campaigns in Davao City when he was then mayor.

Without even occupying the presidential seat yet, the feisty President-elect already appears to be a force to be reckoned with. While he pushes forth seemingly Anti-Human Rights means to achieve the all-noble peace and safety, he continuously gains both allies and foes. (Mariz Patanao)



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  • norbert

    Great mind Mariz