Palace calls for 'peace­ful, or­derly' ral­lies

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MALA­CAÑANG on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30, urged Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s sup­port­ers who are push­ing for the es­tab­lish­ment of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment to con­duct their demon­stra­tions in a “peace­ful and or­derly” man­ner.

“The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive in nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions ar­tic­u­lated that he al­lows protests and other forms of mass ac­tion as long as pub­lic safety and con­ve­nience are not com­pro­mised,” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque said in a state­ment.

“We ask those who would join in to­day’s demon­stra­tions call­ing for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment to con­duct their ral­lies in a peace­ful, or­derly man­ner,” he added.

As the coun­try com­mem­o­rates the 154th birth an­niver­sary of rev­o­lu­tion­ary hero An­dres Boni­fa­cio on Novem­ber 30, pro-ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port­ers will hold var­i­ous ral­lies in key cities across the coun­try to con­vince Duterte to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

On the other hand, antigov­ern­ment groups will also stage protest ac­tions to take a stand against sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing the pro­posal to im­ple­ment a rev­o­lu­tion­ary type of state.

Roque said po­lice of­fi­cers would ob­serve max­i­mum tol­er­ance and ex­er­cise high­est re­straint to en­sure peace­ful con­duct of ral­lies.

Duterte has re­peat­edly warned that he will de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, if his de­trac­tors at­tempt to desta­bi­lize his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

At the same time, he has also re­peat­edly as­sured that he will not im­pose a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

Roque said that while the Pres­i­dent al­ready made it clear that he would not set up a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, the lat­ter would not stop ad­vo­cates from hold­ing demon­stra­tions.

“The Pres­i­dent has ear­lier said that he does not want a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. This, how­ever, does not mean he would pre­vent cit­i­zens from ex­press­ing their sup­port for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment,” Roque said.

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