FOREIGN Secretary Teo-doro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. yesterday said the Constitution needs to be amended to remove the “traitorous” provision that “renounces war as an instrument of national policy.”
The country’s top diplomat made this state-ment in response to a netizen’s tweet that President Rodrigo Duterte wants charter change to favor his stance on the maritime dispute with China. Duterte has nurtured friendly relations with Beijing and has allowed Chinese fishing in the country’s exclusive econo-mic zone (EEZ), a policy that critics say is against the Constitution. Whenever there are issues in the South China Sea, Duterte would say he could not go to war with China for fear of losing Filipinos’ lives.
Locsin said, “If only to delete our renunciation of war as a national policy which makes surrender our only option in the face of foreign harassment, yes; ditch that piece of ....”
He is criticizing Section 2, Article 2 of the 1987 Constitution which states, “The Philippines renoun-ces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice, freedom, cooperation, and amity with all nations.”
“I wonder who came up with that provision? A Quisling no doubt or some civil society sissy,” Locsin added. Quisling is a term used to refer to a traitor – after Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian army officer who was known as a puppet during the German occupation of Norway in the 1940s.
In another tweet, Locsin acknowleged that “international law is part of the law of the land,” and that “we cannot set aside” the United Nations Conven-tion on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
However, part of this international treaty which the Philippines has signed is a commitment to settle any dispute “by peaceful means.”
This is also in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, which states, “All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.”
By CNN Philippines