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Prelates oppose push for revolutionary government

Three Catholic prelates on Monday opposed the push for a revolutionary government for being “self-serving” especially since it came at a time when there’s a public health crisis due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


“This self serving plan of revolutionary government will just create chaos and mistrust to our people,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said in an interview.

“Not only this is sedition but open admittance that the present government is total failure. They want to change the government just to install the same government officials. There is no sense, void of human reason. It is just like the maxim same dog different collar,” he added.

Santos urged those pushing for such plan not to add anymore to the misery of the people.

“We have this serious crisis and insurmountable problem of COVID-19, now with planned revolutionary government is added misery to us. Focus the attention and energy to solve this pandemic and alleviate the suffering conditions of our people,” he said.

Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes warned something worst might happen if the plan pushes through.

“We Filipinos have already experienced bitterly a dictatorship. If this plan is pushed thru, the Filipinos will get impatient and something worse might happen!” he said.

Retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro Bacani, meantime, said those pushing for a revolutionary government are crazy.

“How crazy these people are who think of a revolutionary government to be led by Duterte…they are crazy!” he said.

On Saturday, some 300 people gathered at Clark Freeport to ask President Duterte to head the revolutionary government in a bid to hasten efforts to shift toward federalism before the end of his term.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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