‘Rev gov’ last resort – Duterte

FOR, AGAINST REV GOV. With raised clenched fists, supporters (above) of President Rodrigo Duterte gather at Mendiola (now Chino Roces Bridge), near Malacañang in Manila, ahead of the ‘pro-revolutionary government assembly’ in the afternoon, as an effort to urge Duterte to lead revolutionary government and rid the country of criminality, destabilization and other threats while those opposed (below) to a revolutionary government stage their own protest rally in Morayta, 300 meters away from Mendiola.

MANILA — HIS supporters gathered on Thursday to urge him to declare a revolutionary government, but President Rodrigo Duterte insisted he would not be doing so and hoped he would not be compelled to do so.

“I hope there will never come a time that I will be compelled to call for it,” Duterte said in an interview posted at Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson’s blog. 
“I am a lawyer and I am following the Constitution. [But] only when the Republic of the Philippines is dying, then maybe.”

Duterte made the statement even as Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday raised the alarm over the participation and support of some government officials to a proposal to place the country under a revolutionary government. 

In an interview at the sidelines of the Bonifacio Day celebrations in Caloocan City, Robredo slammed administration allies who floated and publicly supported the idea. 

“Government officials supporting the proposal for a revolutionary government is alarming because it is like you want to revolt against the government you represent. It seems very ironic,” said Robredo who was invited to join the annual celebrations along with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. 

Meanwhile, the Samahang ng Progresibong Kabataan on Thursday slammed the Duterte administration on its plans to establish a revolutionary government.

“This November 30 we celebrate the day of a true Filipino revolutionary: Andres Bonifacio,” the group said in a statement. 

“His dream was for the Filipino people to be free from the exploitation of Spanish colonizers. It succeeded. We are already liberated from their hands.”

Duterte said the calls he would be doing were “just to draw publicity.”

“Some people are not listening,” he said in Filipino. 

“I see no reason, really. But there is always a predicate really to my statement. So you listen first.” 

Pro-revolutionary government rallies were held in Mendiola in Manila, at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, at the Crocodile Park in Davao City and other parts of the country on Bonifacio Day urging Duterte to lead a “revolutionary government” and rid the country of criminality, destabilization and other threats.

But Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque insisted that Duterte does not want to establish a revolutionary government despite the calls from several groups.

He called on those favoring the establishment of a evolutionary government to conduct their rallies peacefully and orderly.

“The President has earlier said he does not want a revolutionary government. This, however, does not mean he would prevent citizens from expressing their support for a revolutionary government,” Roque said.

“The Chief Executive in numerous occasions articulated that he allows protests and other forms of mass action as long as public safety and convenience are not compromised.”

Roque assured the protesters that the police would observe maximum tolerance and exercise the highest restraint during the rallies.

Duterte had earlier said that establishing a revolutionary government at this time was like “looking for a headache.”