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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang reiterated that there is only a remote possibility that President Duterte would declare a revolutionary government in the country.

The Malacañang issued the statement after Duterte’s supporters insisted that the President should declare a revolutionary government, including government officials calling for it via social media.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque
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According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, he thinks there is no need for the President to declare a revolutionary government because there is no doubt that he won the previous elections.

“Sa akin walang pangangailangan sa revolutionary government dahil wala naming kaduda-duda sa mandato ng ating Presidente siya po ay Constitutional na leader natin (For me there is no need for a revolutionary government because there is no doubt that the President is our Constitutional leader),” he said over DZMM.

“Bakit pa tayo magkakaroon ng revolutionary, eh samantalang walang duda [ang pagkapanalo] ni Presidente (Why should we have it when there is no doubt about his victory)?” he added.

He also compared the present situation to that during the People Power era where the people declared the late Corazon Aquino as President.

“Ang revolutionary government po, kapag iyan ay binuo at sinuportahan ng taong bayan, iyan ay legal, iyan po ay naging desisyon na ng ating Korte Suprema noong kinilala iyong gobyerno ni dating [Pangulong] Cory Aquino (The revolutionary government only becomes legal when it is supported by the people. That was the decision of the Supreme Court when they recognizes the government of former President Cory Aquino),” Roque said.

“Hindi po dapat mangyari ngayon ‘yan. Hindi lang walang dahilan, kung hindi walang basehan. Bakit kasi magre-revolutionary government ang isang legitimate na presidente (That will not happen because there’s no reason for it and there’s no basis. Why would a legitimate president declare a revolutionary government)?” he added.

According to Roque, there is only a remote possibility that Duterte would declare a revolutionary government if those who are seeking to oust him will not stop.

“Ang sinabi lang niya kapag hindi tumigil iyong mga nagtatangka na patalsikin siya sa puwesto may posibilidad na siya ay magdeklara ng (What he said was those who want to oust him will not stop, then there’s a possibility that he will declare a) revolutionary government,” he said.

“There’s a possibility pero hindi naman po niya sinasabi na talagang gagawin niya iyan (but he did not say that he would really do it),” he added.

Last month, President Duterte has threatened to set up a revolutionary government amid alleged destabilization efforts by his enemies, including communist rebels, the elite, and even the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

Duterte said he will set up a revolutionary government and declare all government positions vacant if the country descends into chaos amid “efforts” by his political enemies to destabilize his administration.

The President said declaring a nationwide martial law would not be an option under this scenario since it would need the approval of Congress.

“I was elected by the people. If I sense the country is about to go overboard, I will declare a revolutionary government. Hindi ko kayo tinatakot pero hulihin ko kayong lahat (I’m not trying to scare you but I will arrest you all),” Duterte addressed his enemies, particularly the New People’s Army.

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