More Pi­noys re­ject 'Rev Gov'

MANILA — More Filipinos op­pose the pos­si­bil­ity of President Ro­drigo Duterte declar­ing a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, a So­cial Weather Sta­tion sur­vey found.


Sev­eral times in his public re­marks, Duterte has threat­ened to de­clare a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment–a form of self-coup dis­abling the cur­rent gov­ern­ment sys­tem and Con­sti­tu­tion–to quell a sup­posed con­spir­acy by his crit­ics to desta­bi­lize his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

But Duterte, in an ap­par­ent move to douse fears in­cited by his threat to re­vamp the gov­ern­ment through ex­tra­con­sti­tu­tional means, later called on the mil­i­tary to ig­nore talks about a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to SWS's fourth quar­ter sur­vey con­ducted on De­cem­ber 8 to 16, 39 per­cent of 1,200 Filipino adults polled said they dis­agree with the es­tab­lish­ment of a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

Mean­while, 31 per­cent agree while the re­main­ing 30 per­cent were un­de­cided. Based on the find­ings, SWS said op­po­si­tion to a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment was "stronger" among those who are dis­sat­is­fied with, or have lit­tle trust in Duterte.

None­the­less, Duterte's pre­vi­ous plan to cre­ate a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment got sup­port from his home re­gion of Min­danao with a net agree­ment score of +16. That was fol­lowed by Metro Manila (net -7), Bal­ance Lu­zon (net -16) and Visayas (net -17).

"Net agree­ment scores are at sin­gle-digit across lo­cale, class, and sex, rang­ing from net -9 to +4," the poll­ster also found.

Duterte ear­lier slammed those who sup­pos­edly took his re­marks about found­ing a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment "out of con­text," say­ing they just wanted to "draw pub­lic­ity."

Ac­cord­ing to the same SWS poll, 63 per­cent of re­spon­dents, most of whom were from Min­danao, be­lieve that Duterte has plans to change the present gov­ern­ment to a new one that he likes.

Aware­ness of Duterte's plan to over­haul the gov­ern­ment was higher among those with more years of for­mal school­ing, SWS also found.

The sur­vey like­wise re­vealed that al­most half of re­spon­dents (48 per­cent) think it is pos­si­ble to have a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment un­der the present Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion, while 27 per­cent said oth­er­wise.

On the other hand, stronger op­po­si­tion to a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment was seen among those un­aware of Duterte's plan and those who said such a dec­la­ra­tion is not pos­si­ble un­der the present Con­sti­tu­tion. —

President Ro­drigo Duterte had warned that he would de­clare a revo­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment if "things go out of con­trol."

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