Rody threat­ens to de­clare rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov’t if…

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRISTINA MEN­DEZ

If the gov­ern­ment will be in peril due to the ef­forts of the Left and his crit­ics, Pres­i­dent Duterte would not hes­i­tate to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment to quell desta­bi­liza­tion moves against his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He added that he would use the rev­o­lu­tion­ary pow­ers to avert the coun­try from fall­ing into chaos as he ac­cused the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines of play­ing a key role in the desta­bi­liza­tion ef­forts.

“’Pag ang (if the) destabliza­tion ninyo patag­ilid na at me­dyo mag­ulo na (would be shaky and more trou­ble), I will not hes­i­tate to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment un­til the end of my term,” he said yes­ter­day

over state-run Peo­ple’s Tele­vi­sion Net­work.

He will do this only when the desta­bi­liz­ers are on the brink of tak­ing over gov­ern­ment.

Once the mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment is re­stored, Duterte said he would or­der the se­cu­rity forces to ar­rest all desta­bi­liz­ers and go on a full-scale war against the com­mu­nist rebels.

“I will ar­rest all of you and we can go to a full-scale war against the Reds,” Duterte said.

A lawyer, Duterte noted that his hands would not be tied in case he de­clares a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment – un­like when he im­poses mar­tial law, which man­dates the re­port­ing to Congress within 60 days upon dec­la­ra­tion.

With the mil­i­tary and the po­lice on his side, he doubted whether any ef­fort to take over the gov­ern­ment would be suc­cess­ful.

“Do you think the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines and (Philip­pine Na­tional) Po­lice would sym­pa­thize with you af­ter you have cheap­ened the lives of those who were killed in EJKs?” the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said.

At the same time, Duterte also ac­cused cer­tain me­dia out­lets crit­i­cal of his ad­min­is­tra­tion as hav­ing re­ceived funds from abroad to de­stroy his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“They are there to de­stroy me,” he said, agree­ing with the opin­ion of colum­nist Rigob­erto Tiglao, who warned that cer­tain me­dia crit­ics are re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from a firm backed by the US Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency.

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