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Masbate BM Arevalo says order to police not to arrest those who skip Senate hearings a violation of Constitution

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Masbate Senior Provincial Board Member Jason Arevalo said that an order to the police not to arrest anyone who would skip Senate hearings would be a culpable violation of the Constitution.

Arevalo is reacting from the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte ordering the police and military not to arrest anyone for refusing to attend Senate hearings.

“An executive order such as this is a culpable violation of the Constitution, a blatant and clear breach of the doctrine of separation of powers,” Arevalo, a lawyer, said.

“This unequivocably undermines the power of Congress as a coequal branch in our tripartite system of government and renders nugatory our system of check and balance,” he added.

Arevalo also stressed that the power of judicial review solely belongs to the Judiciary.

“A presidential determination of an act of Congress being committed with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or in excess of jurisdiction is beyond the province of the executive branch,” he said.

“That’s arrogating unto the president a power which is essentially and exclusively judicial. Besides, Congress is outside the pale of the President’s control and supervision.”

“What is with Pharmally and these Chinese businessmen that the Palace had to act this way? Why did it not do the same when De Lima was on the hot seat in the Senate’s Blue Ribbon?” he asked.