Lorenzana receives invite to revolutionary gov’t meeting

Published August 23, 2020, 11:57 AM

by Martin Sadongdong

Like Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was also invited to attend a meeting by a group of President Duterte supporters pushing for a revolutionary government.

Lorenzana said he received an invitation from the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), an independent organization which urged Duterte to run for president, through a mobile messaging application.

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

“We got it thru Viber but (it was) not (sent) to us (physically) by the alleged authors,” Lorenzana said Saturday.

The Defense chief said he did not attend the Aug. 20 meeting because “we do not support” the group and its advocacy.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay was also reportedly invited to the meeting but has yet to confirm this.

Gamboa was the first to confirm that the MRRD-NECC invited him to the meeting which sought to demolish the current government and declare a revolutionary government.

The group said it wants the new government to be headed by Duterte until Dec. 31, 2021, after which an election shall be held under the newly amended Constitution in a federal form of government.

“The principal objective of pursuing a revolutionary government through peaceful and non-violent means is to bring about a genuine change that we, and then Mayor Duterte, promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to establish law and order, public safety, equal opportunity in public service, social justice, and economic freedom,” the group said.

The group held an assembly in Angeles City, Pampanga Saturday where they signed a manifesto which stated their intention to establish a revolutionary government.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the group’s initiative is a joke.

“The joke going around is that some groups are going to topple the government and install the President as head of a revolutionary government. Creative. There is no model for this anywhere in the world,” she said in a tweet.

In 2017 and 2019, Duterte threatened to declare a revolutionary government amid claims of a supposed ouster plot against him.

Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal had said that if a revolutionary government is declared by Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo would have to replace him as chief executive.

A revolutionary government would mean the abolition of the three branches of government – the Executive, the Legislative, and the Judiciary.

A revolutionary government is often declared by insurgent groups to overthrow the sitting government.