With administration presidential bet Manuel Roxas still lagging in surveys after three months of non-stop campaigning, Kabalikat ng Mamamayan party-list nominee Harry Roque said on Tuesday that the only option left for the Roxas camp is to lead a “legal coup d’etat” that would involve the elimination of the Liberal Party candidate’s main rivals in the 2016 elections.
“The irony of this ‘legal coup’ is that it is happening under the watch of President Aquino, the son of two icons of democracy,” lamented Roque.
The outspoken lawyer warned that all signs pointed to the LP using its position in power “to use its influence in the courts to secure what it cannot win for their candidate at the polls: the presidency.”
“The public should be vigilant and closely watch the allies of the administration in the Senate Electoral Tribunal, the Comelec, and the Supreme Court, because if we lower our guard, their decisions will not be guided by the rule of law, but by the nation’s current rulers,” the former UP Law professor stressed.
According to Roque, there are already rumblings in the legal community that Roxas has tapped Senator Frank Drilon and a batallion of lawyers to ensure that Senator Grace Poe is disqualified from the presidential race.
Roque added that aside from disqualifying Poe, efforts to imprison Vice President Jejomar Binay and prevent Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from running would go into high gear so that the lone candidate left opposing Roxas would be Senator Miriam Santiago, the only candidate whose numbers are worse than the LP standard bearer.
“During the time of President Cory, the threats to democracy were the coups launched left and right by rogue elements of the armed forces. Now a similar coup is under way, right under our noses. But this time its generals wear barong tagalogs and its soldiers are armed with petitions and pleadings,” Roque said.
“Kabalikat namin ang mamamayan laban sa coup na ‘to,” added Roque.
“God save our democracy. No blood will be spilled in this coup, but it will lead to the death of democracy and the denial of one of the most basic rights of our people: the right to choose our leaders,” explained Roque.