In a speech, the president indicates earlier that he plans to bring back the Philippine Constabulary after being dismayed by the PNP’s AIDG or the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group’s involvement in the killing and kidnapping for ransom of a Korean businessman, Jee Ick Joo. They are the law enforcement troops being feared for during Martial Law days – alleging that they strictly carry out Marcos’ orders in eliminating detractors. Vice President Leni Robredo is the first one to go against the plan as she expresses over an interview with GMA.
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[VIDEO]: V.P. Leni Robredo is the first one to say no to the president’s plan of bringing back the Philippine Constabulary. (This is an extract of GMA’s 24 Oras report).
Leni Robredo Denies Being an Anti-Administration but Opposes Most of the President’s Plans
The president and the Vice President Leni Robredo met again for the first time after Robredo’s force resignation from the cabinet. This is during the Ledac or Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting in Malacañang where it is described as civil and warmth encounter. The president throws the same joke again to Robredo about her legs but this time, the administration spokesperson, Ernesto Abella thinks that now the V.P. understands its context. Typical of her, to be quiet during the meeting but the next day, she goes on TV to announce her disapproval on an issue. It is about the return of the Philippine Constabulary this time which is still in the planning stage.
Philippine Constabulary is a more Disciplined Military Force
The PC is a service command of the military that is the forefront of the implementation of the Martial rule. It was abolished in 1999 through a law that created the Philippine National Police that is “civilian in nature. The President is certain that the PC is a more disciplined enforcement but Robredo, as expected, is saying no to anything related to the Marcoses. The electoral protest filed against her by Bongbong Marcos is already in the preliminary conference state.
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Senator Leila De Lima who is also an anti-administration politician like Robredo urges the president not to use the army in his killing spree while executing his war on illegal drugs. The Oplan Tokhang campaign is already suspended and PNP chief Bato starts to punish all the police scalawags among his police forces.
Hon. Lito Atienza from the House of Representatives favors the Philippine Constabulary over the PNP. He said that the two-layer system of the PC helps in the check and balance of every military operation. This prevents them from becoming corrupt. Although, this does not mean that the PC takes over the PNP. It can perhaps replace the dissolved PNP-AIDG group but not the whole Philippine National Police.