PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s veiled threat to declare a revolutionary government to stop efforts to destabilize his administration is another attempt to install a dictatorship in the country, the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan warned Saturday.
“Duterte’s threat of forming a ‘revolutionary government’ ala Cory Aquino seems to be another attempt at imposing a dictatorship by eliminating co-equal branches of government,” Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes said in a statement.
“Duterte is reminded that the people will never allow a return to dictatorship, no matter how ‘revolutionary’ Duterte claims this to be. The people will not allow it,” he added.
In related developments:
• Opposition group Tindig Pilipinas slammed Duterte as a “paranoid and insecure little man” after he warned he would declare a revolutionary government should a destabilization plot seek to replace him with a new leader.
“President Duterte is losing his grip. Only a paranoid and insecure little man afraid of losing power will rationalize the need to impose a revolutionary government upon the people,” anti-Duterte coalition Tindig Pilipinas said in a statement Saturday.
“The paranoia is evident. It is manifested in the slide in the surveys, from the increasing numbers of the various forms of protests, from the massive pushback on social media and from the President’s increasingly irrational, indefensible and incoherent stances,” the group added.
Tindig Pilipinas issued this statement after Duterte on Friday threatened to create a revolutionary governent.
He told critics he would do this if he thought they’re “about to take over the nation,” and if they “have destabilized government” to the point that they would name a new leader.
But Tindig Pilipinas said the “threat to annihilate” democracy was Duterte’s “ultimate power game” in order to suppress “growing discontent” among the people.
• The office of Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano also issued a statement, saying the Armed Forces and the National Defense Department had dismissed any destabilization plot.
“Thus, I do not understand where the President is getting his information on this imagined destabilization,” Alejano said.
“We have a working democratic government at present. As president, Duterte has access to all legal options that he may exhaust to quell any attempt of destabilization. A revolutionary government is irrelevant.”
By using the Left and all other Duterte critics as scapegoats to suppress legitimate dissent resulting from the policies of the regime will not solve the problem, Reyes added.
“Color-coding the protesters does not diminish the validity of the issues being raised. Draconian measures will only fuel protest, not resolve it (sic),” he warned.
While Duterte is confident the military will stick with him amid destabilization efforts by the Reds and the Yellows, he claimed the military establishment was aware the Communist Party was active in the destabilization scheme.
The President likewise sees a revolutionary government as a more practical step since this eliminates the need for him to report to Congress.
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