Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday is calling for the resignation of National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Maria Serena Diokno, if the latter will not be able to defend the Rizal monument with its case against Torre De Manila.
Cayetano, Chairperson on Senate committee on Education, Arts and Culture, wanted Diokno’s resignation claiming she is incapable of performing her job since she cannot undertake legal and moral responsibility to defend national historic sites.
The lady Senator added that while there are many of them willing to defend the Rizal Monument, she finds it strange that Diokno cannot defend the said national heritage.
Cayetano said she finds it extremely strange that they now have the National Historical Commission of the Philippines insisting that it cannot defend the Rizal Monument when there are many of them, including the Solicitor General, the defender of the Constitution, who believe that it must and should protect the Rizal Monument under the Constitution and existing laws.
Cayetano insists that those who are occupying top level positions in the government’s cultural agencies must be willing and able to defend national historic sites such as the Rizal Monument.
She added that if the NHCP chairperson cannot handle it, she must quit instead of hiring somebody to defend the monument on her behalf.