Palace: Duterte not in­clined to push for rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov’t

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has no plans to push for rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment un­der his sixyear term, Mala­cañang said on Wed­nes­day.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Ernesto Abella clar­i­fied that the Pres­i­dent merely wanted raise aware­ness about the pos­si­ble ad­van­tages the coun­try could en­joy, if rev­o­lu­tion­ary form of state is es­tab­lished.

Abella said Duterte was sim­ply say­ing that rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment is one way to “re­solve hin­drances to progress.”

“The Pres­i­dent’s re­marks on a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment is an ap­proach to re­solv­ing the coun­try’s en­demic and struc­tural prob­lems hin­der­ing gen­uine progress,” Abella said in a state­ment.

“How­ever, [Duterte] made it clear that he will not es­tab­lish a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment un­der his ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he added.

Abella’s state­ment came a day af­ter Duterte shared his view on pos­si­ble shift­ing of the cur­rent uni­tary type of gov­ern­ment to a rev­o­lu­tion­ary one.

On Tues­day, Duterte in­di­cated that rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, not mar­tial rule, will bring gen­uine change to the coun­try.

“My ad­vice to a Pres­i­dent who wants to change [is] do not go for mar­tial law. That will just be an is­sue. Go for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment so ev­ery­thing will be all right,” he said dur­ing the mass oath­tak­ing of his new ap­pointees.

The Pres­i­dent noted that the late pres­i­dent Co­ra­zon Aquino in­stalled a rev­o­lu­tion­ary state in 1986 that ended the mar­tial law of the late despot Fer­di­nand Mar­cos.

Duterte said he was “not jok­ing” about the ben­e­fits of rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment but stressed that he was “not into it.”

“I was not jok­ing but I am not into it. For the Philippines re­ally go up, what the peo­ple need is not mar­tial law. Go for Cory’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. But don’t look at me, I won’t do that,” the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said.

“If Cory can do it, then why can’t you also do it? Why? Is there a mo­nop­oly here for our love for our coun­try?” he added.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte pre­sides over the sec­ond Leg­isla­tive-Ex­ec­u­tive De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (LEDAC) Meet­ing in Mala­cañan Palace on Au­gust 29, 2017. (Pres­i­den­tial Photo)

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