Hindi nagustuhan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte ang ikinkasang hearing ng mga kngresista at seando ukol sa pagbabakuna ng mga miytemb ro ng Presidential Security Group ng anti-covid vaccine na hindi pa aprubado ng Food and Drug Adminitration (FDA). Sa kaniyang public address, nagbabala si Pangulong Duterte na magkakaroon ng krisis pag-ipipilit ng mga mambabatas na imbestigahan ang mga PSG.
“And I would like to call on Congress na hindi naman ako nakikiusap. Ang ano ko lang diretso na salita na do not tinker with the PSG. I’m telling you as President it’s a matter of self-preservation.
So hanggang diyan na lang ako. I will not elaborate on it but do not force my hand to meddle into this affair because maybe I will not — I am not so keen about allowing Durante and the rest of the PSG to testify.
Ginawa ito nila as I understand para sa kapakanan ng buhay nila. So if they will be called — if they will be called to testify in Congress, my — as a lawyer, I will just tell them because they are now being accused and with the accompanying statement of prosecution and things like that.
And if that is the case, then I would ask the PSG to just shut up. Do not answer. Invoke the right against self-incrimination at wala kayong makukuha. And do not force my soldiers to testify against their will. At huwag ninyong i-contempt-contempt na i-detain ninyo. I do not think it will be good for you and for me. It would not be healthy for everybody,” pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte.
Bumoladas naman si Senador DIick Gordon sa sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte. Ayon sa senador, dapat respetuhin ng Presidente ang “sepertion of powers”. Nababahala din daw siya sa kinikilos ni Pangulong Duterte dahil parang astang alkalde daw ang Presidente.
“He is behaving as a mayor. He is protecting his people… I was disturbed by it quite frankly… The President has got to respect the seperation of power clause… To shakle the Senate or Congress on what it is supposed to do is wrong of the President”