MANILA-- "Now, more than ever, it is important for our democratic institutions to show their independence amidst the complicated and divisive political environment that we have today."
This was the joint statement released by the Senate minority bloc on Monday (Independence Day) as they called on various institutions of democracy such as the Congress and Supreme Court to assert their independence.
The Senate bloc is composed of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Leila De Lima, Antonio Trillanes IV, and Risa Hontiveros.
They said that asserting independence is part of their efforts to protect and serve Filipinos.
Trillanes pointed out that guarding the independence of institutions is everyone's interest.
"As we celebrate our Independence today, let us breathe life to the liberties that were fought for us by our forerunners by defending the independence of our institutions and by keeping dissent alive" Trillanes said.
Hontiveros, meanwhile, said that without democracy, independence and freedom will have no sense.
Pangilinan and Aquino both urged the public to guard the democracy in light of the proliferation of "fake news" and misinformation.
In the rise of social media, widespread fake news threatens the truth and causes confusion. Filipinos wasn't to be free from fake news and lies, Pangilinan said.
In an era of fake news, rabid online persecution and weak political institutions, we need to fight for our democracy now more than ever," Aquino said.
Source: Philippines News Agency