Press Release
August 24, 2015

Sen. Pia to NHCP Chair Diokno: Resign!
Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chair, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture

"Chair (Maria Serena) Diokno, resign if you cannot defend the Rizal Monument!"

"Those occupying the top level positions of the government's cultural agencies must be willing and able to defend national historic sites."

"If one cannot find it in themselves to undertake the legal and moral responsibility to do the same, then that person must resign."

"I find it extremely strange that we now have the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) insisting that it cannot defend the Rizal Monument when there are many of us, including the Solicitor General, the defender of the Constitution, who believe that we must and we can protect the Rizal Monument under the Constitution and existing laws."

"If the Chair of NHCP cannot get on board with this, as she has blatantly displayed, then she must resign instead of hiring private counsel to defend her inability to perform her job."

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