Duterte denies involvement in proposed revolutionary gov’t by supporters

Published August 25, 2020, 1:07 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte said on Tuesday that he is not involved in the proposed establishment of the revolutionary government.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on August 24, 2020.

In his televised public address, the President has denied links to the group espousing the revolutionary government that he will supposedly lead.

“Marami ngayon may naglalabas — revolutionary government. Tapos ako ang sinasabi na… Wala akong pakialam diyan. Wala akong kilala na mga tao na ‘yan at hindi ko ‘yan trabaho (There are reports about the proposed revolutionary government and that I will supposedly lead it. I don’t care about that. I don’t know any of the people behind it and that’s not my job),” Duterte said.

Duterte made the remarks a few days after a group of supporters made a fresh pitch for the establishment of a revolutionary government supposedly to facilitate the shift to federalism. The group reportedly held an assembly in Clark freeport last weekend and proposed that Duterte lead the revolutionary government until the end of his term.

Malacañang has kept its distance from the revolutionary government proposal, saying the government is focused on mitigating the socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the proponents have a right to express their opinion but said that the President is the constitutionally elected leader of the country. He also explained that any proposed constitutional reforms such as federalism can be pursued through Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) or people’s initiative.

Roque also rejected speculations that the President may extend his stay in power, saying that a term extension is farthest from Duterte’s mind.