It’s not Vice President Leni Robredo’s words that add fuel to the fire, but it’s the calls from President Duterte’s supporters for a revolutionary government, a youth group said on Tuesday.
In a statement, Akbayan Youth described calls for a revolutionary government as “ludicrous” as the country is in the middle of battling the coronavirus pandemic.
“The mere existence of this Rev-gov movement is another ruse to distract us from the more pressing issues we need to face,” the group said, referring to the rising COVID-19 cases, unemployment, and weakening economy
Akbayan Youth opposes efforts being made by a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government, citing such initiative is the “opposite of democracy.”
“A Rev-gov is a direct threat to the Constitution, another device to push for charter change to extend President Duterte’s term or his handpicked successor,” it said.
Akbayan Youth believed a revolutionary government will “not bring radical social change to the Filipino people.”
President Duterte has already dismissed these calls, claiming he has no links with the group that made a fresh pitch for the establishment of a revolution government that he will supposedly lead.
“I don’t care about that. I don’t know any of the people behind it and that’s not my job,” he said in Filipino in a televised public address.
Duterte also asked Robredo not to “add fuel to the fire” for her remarks over his administration’s failure to lead the nation amid the pandemic because it will just destroy the government.