President Rodrigo Duterte threatened those who try to file an impeachment complaint against him for allowing Chinese fishermen to explore the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“I-impeach ako? Kulungin ko silang lahat. Subukan niyo. Try to take it, do it, and I will do it,” Duterte said in an ambush interview after Sen. Bong Go’s oath-taking.
“Subukan ninyo. I am challenging you to do it. You really want to force my hand into it? P***** niyo gawin niyo ‘yan,” he added.
“Takot-takutin niyo ako ng impeachment, p*t*ng *n*, subukan niyo,” he said, challenging his critics.
Earlier, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario stated that Duterte could be impeached for failing to secure the Philippine territory.
Meanwhile, according to Article XII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution, “The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.”
However, Duterte said that he is protecting the Philippines for a greater cause and more than what the Constitution covers.
“That is a provision for the thoughtless and the senseless. Protection about the economic rights, about the economic zone? resources? I am protecting the country and 110 [million] Filipinos,” he said.
In addition, he argued, “That piece of paper, the Constitution, would become meaningless with no spirit except desperation, agony and suffering. Kasi pagpunta mo roon how do you drive them away?”
Duterte, in his previous statements, said that he would not sacrifice the lives of the security forces where they will certainly die.