What’s the protocol? Malou Tiquia chides Robredo for stealing salute from Duterte
Political analyst and strategist Malou Tiquia has taken a dig at Vice President Leni Robredo for breaking protocol when she stood in for the absent President Rodrigo Duterte during the 119th Independence Day at Luneta on June 12.
In a Facebook post Friday (June 16), asked about the protocol on doing the salute at official events.
“What is the protocol? Should the second in command do the salute? Only the Commander in Chief can do the salute, right?” she asked.
“The CIC (Commander in chief) is non transferable,” Tiquia added.
Tiquia explained that under Republic Act No. 8491, Tiqui said that the chain of command was led by he President as Commander-in-Chief and followed by the Chief. Of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“I raised the issue on doing the salute in relation to the COC and as CIC. No malice there,” said Tiquia.
Robredo should have not saluted while the flag was being raised (Tiquia said she did not raise the issue with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano who subbed for the President during the event, because he was not VP and the context of her beef was solely on the COC and CIC chain.
Instead of a salute, Robredo and Cayetano should have placed their hand over heart instead of a salute.
The Constitution does not allow a temporary delegation of the CIC position and the only time a VP can take over any duty of the CIC is when the President is either dead or disabled beyond capacity to take on his functions.