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Beast mode! Sereno tells BBC: Duterte likes attacking institutions

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Ousted chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday told BBC’s Hardtalk of President Duterte’s penchant for unwarranted attacks against government institutions in the Philippines.

Sereno expressed fear that these incessant attacks against the judiciary and constitutional bodies like the Commission on Elections, Energy Regulatory Board, and Commission on Higher Education could ultimately weaken these democratic institutions and other bodies as well.

” I think in the present context, this president came in very strongly, attacking many institutions. The attack on the judiciary was preceded by or simultaneously carried out with attacks on different institutions. You could see that first he laid out the basic premise that during his time as a prosecutor, he was used to planting evidence and sowing intrigue so I think that resonates very well with what has been happening to some of our supposedly independent institutions.

“You could see this in the Energy Regulatory Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Commission on Elections, in the judiciary and he also attacked the Commission on Human Rights and the Ombudsman. So these relentless attacks basically fit in a pattern of trying to weaken democratic institutions,” Sereno said.

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