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No imminent threat, no revolutionary gov’t

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque assured yesterday that there is no plan to set up a revolutionary government since there is no compelling reason or imminent threat to remove President Duterte from power.

“Kahapon po ay nagbitiw na naman ng salita ang Presidente. Pinasasantabi po niya itong revolutionary government. Ang sabi talaga niya ay posibleng lang magkaroon ng revolutionary government kung talagang malala iyong pagtangka na tanggalin siya sa puwesto,” Roque said.

He added that Duterte has already dismissed the proposed revolutionary government since there is no existing threat to his presidency and the idea is “far from the plans” of his administration.

Roque said there are certain supporters of the President who are actually pushing for such proposal, hoping that it would expedite necessary change in the country.

“Hindi lang naman mga kaalyado ni Presidente ang nagsasabi niyan, pati iyong mga oposisyon. Puwede rin sigurong nangangarap sila na magkaroon ng revolutionary government dahil para mawalan ng isyu ang oposisyon ngayon. Pansinin n’yo po, walang isyu laban kay Presidente ngayon,” Roque said.

He chided those insinuating that a revolutionary government would be set up today, Nov. 30, coinciding with the 154th birth anniversary celebration of de facto national hero and Filipino revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio.

“Sabi nila ang revolutionary government daw itatayo sa 30 ng Nobyembre, eh parang bukas na ho yata iyon, eh di malalaman natin kung merong revolutionary government o wala bukas. Sa tingin ko po talaga, wala po talaga,” Roque said.

Former Bayan Muna and senatorial candidate Rep. Neri Colmenares called the revolutionary government idea a “very dangerous, very deadly proposal” which would mean that Duterte will be abandoning his oath as President to uphold the Constitution.

“If President Duterte will proclaim or declare a revolutionary government, parang binabale-wala niya rin ang Konstitusyong pinagsumpaan niya,” Colmenares, chairperson of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said.

Duterte has brought up the idea of a revolutionary government in several instances, where he cited alleged destabilization plots against him. (Roy C. Mabasa)

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