Soldiers must protect the Constitution says Biazon: "The soldiers can step in should there be a breach against the Constitution..."

Manila, Philippines – Former Senator Rodolfo Biazon said on Saturday, that military must do their duty and protect the 1987 Constitution amid the threats of federalism.

Biazon, who was in the home coming of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City yesterday, said that changing the Constitution would also require the lawmakers to take their time and follow the process.

In 1991, Biazon served as Armed Forces chief of staff under the presidency of late Corazon Aquino.
According to Biazon, the Constitution was a “living” document that should change with the times.

“cannot be done under the present system, outside … the Constitution.” Biazon said.

“So anyone … who establishes a revolutionary government has attacked the Constitution,” he also said.

The former Philippine Marine commander said during the sidelines of the event attended by former and active military and police officers, that soldiers should remain apolitical.

“The soldiers can step in should there be a breach against the Constitution … Anything that will be done to effect changes outside the constitutional process … they are duty-bound to protect the Constitution,” Biazon said.

The former also added in an ambush interview that the country must continue objecting to breaches of its territorial rights in the West Philippine Sea and Benham Rise.

In November 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte proposed the idea of forming a revolutionary government to make way for faster shift to Federalism which was also supported by numerous groups and his million supporters.

In 1986, late Cory Aquino also set up a revolutionary government  and established the 1987 Constitution.

“One avenue we can take is to file diplomatic protests every time our interest is violated. We have to examine the realities on the ground … Militarily … no way. But there are international courts; there is international law,” Biazon said.

 Source: Inquirer

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