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‘Di pa ba tayo nadala? Diokno burns Imee on TV debate: Marcos removed term limits to loot the country

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De La Salle University Law dean Chel Diokno smacked down with a fiery clapback the daughter of the dictator his father vigorously fought during martial law.

In GMA’s senatorial debate, the son of former senator Jose “Pepe” Diokno, a thorn on the side of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, told Ilocos Governor Imee Marcos in her face how her father removed term limits when he declared martial law in 1972 and used his dictatorial powers to enrich himself and his family by looting the government treasury for more than a decade.

“Hindi pa ba kayo nadala sa nangyari sa atin noong martial law?” said the soft-spoken Diokno to the delight of the audience and with Imee trying to laugh off the embarrassment with barely moving face muscles on the split screen.

Dikono cited the kleptocracy by Marcos and his family as exhibit No. 1 why Filipinos should reject lifting of term limts, specifically one, six-year term for the president.

“Nakalimutan na ba natin ang ating kasaysayan na meron tayong isang pangulo na niluklok ang sarili bilang diktador para maiwasan ang term limits? Ginawa niyang kasangkapan ‘yun para siya’y magkamal, at pamilya niya ng kelaki-laking pera na sinabi ng Korte Suprema na pera ng bayan at ill-gotten weath,” said Diokno.

Dikono said discarding term limits would only cement a rich and power politiko’s hold on power.

“Ang term limits parang nagiging pag-aari ng mga nakapuwesto ang kanilang mga pwesto. Ang taong bayan po ang may-ari ng mga pwesto na ‘yan at sila po dapat ang mamimili. Kapag wala po tayong term limits, magiging pag-aari po ng mga politiko po ‘yan,” said Diokno.

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