Gabriela Women’s Party criticized today the Supreme Court decision allowing Secretary Romulo Neri to invoke executive privilege in the Senate investigation of the multi-billion NBN-ZTE deal as a very dangerous precedent that virtually gives the president a cloak of immunity from accountability.
“What can now stop a president from committing a crime and invoking executive privilege? It is a dangerous precedent that legitimizes abuse of power of the presidency disregarding public interest and the people’s right to information,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Maza.
The Gabriela solon also said the Supreme Court decision automatically makes any impeachment case filed against the president a futile exercise as executive privilege can easily be invoked not just by the president but by those around her.
“It has clipped both chambers of Congress of the powers of oversight and it has tipped the scales of this government’s system of checks and balances to favor a single person– the president– over the public. This is not a democracy.”