October 23, 2011
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi should at least be a warning and a reminder to everyone who has political power not to abuse it.
“It should make political leaders pause to think hard about the essence of power and leadership in a world that is changing so rapidly,” he said in a statement.
Pangilinan said every person who has political power should be accountable for his own acts and “must strive to ensure that the power that is entrusted to us by our people should never be abused lest we face the wrath of those we serve.”
Pangilinan added that “political power is not an end in itself” but rather it should be “a means to uphold our people’s rights and their welfare and that most importantly one’s exercise of political power shall, as in all things, come to an end.”
Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years. Reports said he was killed by fighters who overran his home town and final bastion on Thursday.
His bloodied body was stripped and displayed around the world from a cellphone video.
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