Duterte re­vives plan to de­clare ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary’ govt

Manila Times - - FRONT PAGE -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has warned anew that he would de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment if the op­po­si­tion con­tin­ues with sup­posed desta­bi­liza­tion ef­forts against his gov­ern­ment.

In an in­ter­view aired over state-run PTV on Fri­day, Duterte said such dec­la­ra­tion was a way to stop what he de­scribed were con­certed ef­forts by the com­mu­nists and

the op­po­si­tion Lib­eral Party to oust

“I am con­cerned be­cause ka­pag mag-giy­er­ana,ha­hab­u­linko­ta­laga

la­hat (if there would war, I will go after them), in­clud­ing the NDF. If I will de­clare mar­tial law which I’m not… But if I will de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, aresta­dokay­ong la­hat (all will be ar­rested). Hin­di­ako

nananakot (I’m not scar­ing you). Just re­mem­ber that,” Duterte said.

The NDF refers to the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front, the po­lit­i­cal arm of the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines.

The Pres­i­dent said he pre­ferred a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment in­stead of declar­ing mar­tial law.

He said it could be the same rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment led by Co­ra­zon “Cory” Aquino, which ex­er­cised wide ex­ec­u­tive and leg­isla­tive pow­ers, shortly after the ouster of Fer­di­nand Mar­cos in 1986.

“Ka­pa­gang desta­bi­liza­tion ninyo

patag­ilid­naatm­e­dy­omag­u­lona, I will not hes­i­tate to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment un­til the end of my term. And I will ar­rest all of you and we can go to a full-scale war against the Reds,” the Pres­i­dent added.

Duterte ear­lier claimed that the Lib­eral Party and the com­mu­nist in­sur­gents have joined forces to desta­bi­lize the gov­ern­ment and

In July, Duterte scrapped the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with the com­mu­nist group fol­low­ing a string of at­tacks launched by the New Peo­ple’s Army, its armed wing, against gov­ern­ment troops.

The Com­mu­nist Party had also or­dered rebel forces to re­sist the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in Min­danao after the ter­ror­ist siege of Marawi City, earn­ing the Pres­i­dent’s ire.

mil­i­tary would stick with him amid the sup­posed desta­bi­liza­tion ef­forts.

“The mil­i­tary knew that the Com­mu­nist Party was the one ini­ti­at­ing those desta­bi­liza­tion ef­forts,” he said.

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