Duterte ‘not keen’ on RevGov for now

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MALA­CAÑANG on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30, as­sured Vice Pres­i­dent Maria Leonor Ro­bredo that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte will not set up a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque gave the as­sur­ance af­ter Ro­bredo ex­pressed alarm over the pos­si­ble im­pli­ca­tions, if Duterte heeds his sup­port­ers’ call to in­stall a rev­o­lu­tion­ary state.

Amid protests call­ing for and op­pos­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment held on Boni­fa­cio Day, Roque main­tained that the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive was not in­clined to make re­forms in the cur­rent uni­tary form of gov­ern­ment.

Roque told Ro­bredo not to worry be­cause there was no rea­son for Duterte to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment “for now.”

He said that while Duterte “ap­pre­ci­ates” the pro­posal for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary state, he would not con­sider the sug­ges­tion since he still en­joys “un­prece­dented pop­u­lar­ity.”

“With all due re­spect to the Vice Pres­i­dent, I do not see what is alarm­ing be­cause the Pres­i­dent has time and again said that he will only re­sort to rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, if the gov­ern­ment faces chal­lenges that would ham­per its per­for­mance,” Roque said in a phone patch in­ter­view.

“So the Pres­i­dent, time and again, dis­missed the idea of a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. While it is true that there are some of the Pres­i­dent’s ally who wants a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, he ap­pre­ci­ates the sug­ges­tion, but he has re­peat­edly said there is no ba­sis and there is no need for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment for now,” he added.

It was Duterte who floated the idea of set­ting up a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, if it be­comes “chaotic” un­der his lead­er­ship.

Duterte, how­ever, has since flipflopped on the is­sue when his po­lit­i­cal ri­vals re­jected his plan.

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 29, the Pres­i­dent said he hoped he would not be “com­pelled” to de­clare a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

“I hope there will never be a time I will be com­pelled to call for it. I am a lawyer and we fol­low the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said in an in­ter­view with Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mar­gaux Uson.

On the side­lines of wreath-lay­ing rites for the 154th birth an­niver­sary of rev­o­lu­tion­ary hero An­dres Boni­fa­cio, Ro­bredo said the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion would be deemed ir­rel­e­vant, if a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment is es­tab­lished.

She added that it was “ironic” that some of those who are push­ing for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary state be­long to the gov­ern­ment.

“Many do not un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tion of dec­la­ra­tion of rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. Declar­ing a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment means you don’t be­lieve in the gov­ern­ment, you don’t be­lieve the Con­sti­tu­tion,” the Vice Pres­i­dent said in an in­ter­view in Caloocan City.

“Pres­i­dent Duterte and I were both elected us­ing the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion. That’s why it is alarm­ing that some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are push­ing for it (rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment),” she added.

Ro­bredo, nev­er­the­less, said that she re­mained hope­ful that Duterte would live up to his ear­lier pro­nounce­ment that he would not seek a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

Roque, on the other hand, said the ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ment re­spects the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who are sup­port­ive of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment, stress­ing that is their “per­sonal be­lief” that such form of state will be ben­e­fi­cial to the coun­try.

But he called on to the public to stop bring­ing up the is­sue since the Pres­i­dent al­ready pledged not to an­nounce a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

“There will be no rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. Let’s stop talk­ing about the rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment. Let’s move on,” he said.

Mean­while, some one thou­sand sup­port­ers of the Pres­i­dent from dif­fer­ent civic groups in the re­gion gath­ered at the Capi­tol grounds yes­ter­day.

Jigs Padua of the United of State of Duterte’s Al­liances of Min­danao-Re­gion 10 said the gath­er­ing was con­cep­tu­al­ized by the parallel groups who have been loyal sup­port­ers of Duterte and to his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plat­forms.

Padua said the na­tion­wide, si­mul­ta­ne­ous ral­lies have ‘no back­ing’ of any politi­cian as the gath­er­ings were ‘vol­un­tary’ and through ‘peo­ple’s ini­tia­tive’.

Be­fore gath­er­ing at the Capi­tol grounds for the usual speeches on fed­er­al­ism and rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment or RevGov, the par­tic­i­pants held a mo­tor­cade around the city’s ma­jor streets.

Padua said the group sees the rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment as the only way for Duterte to ful­fill his prom­ises in putting an end to the il­le­gal drug men­ace and cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment.

“Nagkauyon kani nga grupo nga hangy­oon atong pres­i­dente nga out­right dayon i-de­clare niya rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment kay aron ma-fast track sa pres­i­dent ang pag-erad­i­cate sa cor­rup­tion ug droga (Th­ese groups have agreed to hold this ac­tiv­ity to call on the pres­i­dent to de­clare rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment so he can fast track his plans to erad­i­cate drug men­ace and cor­rup­tion), ”Padua said.

Padua said the Filipino peo­ple should ‘not worry’ as Duterte’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment would not be be ‘bloody and vi­o­lent.’

He said it will not be law­less but will in­stead be gov­erned by law.

Padua said the group has in­formed the Par­tido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) of the ac­tiv­ity and said the rally pushed through with­out the party’s ap­proval.

“Gi-in­form ang party ug whether moap­prove sila or dili, pa­dayon ang ac­tiv­ity (The PDP-La­ban was in­formed and whether they ap­prove it or not, the ac­tiv­ity should con­tinue as planned),” Padua said.

Emily San­tos, chair of the Vol­un­teers Against Crime and Cor­rup­tion-East district of Misamis Ori­en­tal, said the group was forced to join the ac­tiv­ity be­cause of the need for a to­tal change.

San­tos said she hopes ‘the peo­ple’s voice’ would in­flu­ence the Pres­i­dent to cre­ate a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment.

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