After President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to declare a revolutionary government earlier, former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo warned that it could end up being a “one-man rule” and “authoritarianism” by Duterte.
“Ang sinasabi natin na revolutionary government sa totoo lang one-man rule kasi iaabolish ang Congress,” Taguiwalo said on November 30 during a protest at the Liwasang Bonifacio in Metro Manila to celebrate Bonifacio Day.
She added that based on Martial Law, a revolutionary government will not solve the country’s problems with poverty, unemployment, and violence.
“Dumaan na tayo sa batas militar eh at alam natin na ‘di ito ang solusyon sa mga hinaing ng mamamayan sa kahira pan, kawalang trabaho, karahasan. It is an imposition of a one-man rule it is an authoritarianism,” she added.
Her remarks came after Duterte said he would adopt a revolutionary government if his critics would try to destabilize the government. But he later backtracked on his statement.
Aside from condemning Duterte’s threats of a revolutionary government, around 3,000 protesters also slammed Duterte’s crackdown against leftist groups after the breakdown of the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes said, “Itong pagkilos ay paggunita sa kapanganakan ni Bonifacio at pagtutol ano man planong magpataw ng diktadurya, pagtutol sa crackdown ng lehitimong organisasyon at sa huwad na revolutionary government na sa totoo lang mas mukhang diktadurya at power grab sa halip na revolutionary.”
He also said that the impeachment case filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and stopping the peace talks were signs of a possible dictatorship.
Vice President Leni Robredo also said that the call of some of Duterte’s supporters for the president to declare a revolutionary government would undermine’ Duterte’s own presidency.
Maybe most people do not understand the implication of declaring a revolutionary government,” Robredo said on the Duterte supporters’ rally urging him to adopt a revolutionary government.
Declaring a revolutionary government says we no longer believe in the government, we no longer believe in the Constitution that serves as the platform on which the present government stands,” she said.
As for the government officials supporting the declaration of a revolutionary government, Robredo said that this can be interpreted as their lack of trust in it so they want to revolt against it.
She said that she would rely on Duterte’s statement when he said that he would not declare a revolutionary government or a nationwide martial law.
Even some of the members of PDP-Laban, Duterte’s party-list, said that those who support RevGov should reconsider pushing for it.
In Nueva Ecija, Raul Lambino, the party’s vice president for international affairs, was one of those who opposed it.
“It seems they do not understand what a revolution means,” said Lambino during a party-list assembly in Palayan City.
“They seem to believe it’s as simple as eating at a noodle place or having a drink at a corner store,” he added.
“We in the PDP-Laban will not place our country, nor our fellow Filipinos, at risk,” he said during a speech before Nueva Ecija leaders at the oath-taking ceremony for new party-list members.
Sources: ( newsinfo.inquirer.net )