Lawyer Hits Pimentel: Respect For The Republic Should Come Before Respect For The Senate

"And I do not know where Koko Pimentel is coming from. Why protect de Lima? She may be a Senator but respect for the Republic, persecuted or not, should come before respect for the Senate."
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On the supposed arrest of Senator Leila De Lima on Thursday night, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, Atty. Bruce Rivera, shared interesting thoughts about this issue on his Facebook account that immediately went viral.

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According to him,

WE DO NOT JUST NEED CHANGE. WE NEED AN OVERHAUL

I was struggling with my health yesterday so I decided to sleep and not attend invitations. My medications made me sleep the whole day and when I woke up this morning, I was shocked to hear that de Lima hid herself in the Senate and Pimentel would not allow her to be arrested in the Senate, perhaps, out of respect for the august body.

At dito po kumukulo ang dugo ko sa inis.

I quite distinctly remember PNoy saying that it is quite impossible to accept the Napoles testimony because by implicating a lot of Senators, more than majority and so many Congressman, she will cause a constitutional crisis. And de Lima agreed with it.

Pero, what she is doing right now is precisely the same thing. She is placing the legislative in a direct collision course with the executive and worst, she will now force the judiciary to take a stand and decide. Of course, the decision of the SC will cause uproar no matter may it be for de Lima or for the government.
And I do not know where Koko Pimentel is coming from. Why protect de Lima? She may be a Senator but respect for the Republic, persecuted or not, should come before respect for the Senate. After all, the warrant has the presumption of regularity. And a Senator in the eyes of the law is no higher than an ordinary citizen.

Are our systems that inutile that it protects the high and mighty as the expense of the people who wants justice. More importantly, is this Constitution still working for our best interest?

The election of Duterte was a constitutional revolution. It was a message of protest to the status quo. However, if the constitutional revolution is not enough because the same constitution is used by the very same people we have been protesting against to perpetuate their hold to power, use their positions to frustrate the ends of justice then perhaps we should have a revolution in the real of the word. A change in the whole system. An overhaul.

A REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT BY DUTERTE IS WHAT WE NEED.
In less than an hour after he posted it, Atty. Rivera's Facebook post already generated more than 400 shares and 1,000 different reactions from his FB followers.                    

Meanwhile, Senator Leila de Lima's media officer, Ferdie Maglalang, said the senator has until 10 a.m. Friday, February 24, to stay in her office before she would have to let the arresting team from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) take her into custody, Inquirer reported.