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Senators shoot down proposed revolutionary government

Senators have thumbed down proposals for the establishment of a revolutionary government, saying such plans would only promote disunity at a time the country is struggling to cope with a COVID-19 pandemic.

(Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said having a revolutionary government practically “means a rudderless Ship of State launched without a compass nor an agreed destination.”

“Being extra-Constitutional, it is not a simple mistake but an uncorrectable blunder. Administration enemies will win, both internal and external.

“The Rule of Law is our safest guide to a better Philippines. Let us turn off this ‘revolution noise’ and we will be okay,” Sotto said when sought for comment.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said the public should just shrug off the proposal coming from alleged supporters of President Duterte who are pursuing such ideals.

“Dapat huwag patulan, kasi ito siguro mga nasarapan sa buhay nila dahil di naman sila Presidente kundi tagasuporta (They should ignore it, because these people), They never had it so good. Gusto nila siguro mag-revolutionary government para wala nang election  (They want a revolutionary government so there would be no need to conduct elections),” Lascon pointed out.

“Mga sulsol na wala sa lugar. Ang tawag ng mga karpintero riyan, wala sa hulog, (They’re inciting is out of place. In layman’s term, their not thinking straight),” he said.

In his Twitter post, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said those groups pushing for a revolutionary government will push the country from a health crisis to an economic and political crisis and towards to the brink of collapse.

“We need unity and cooperation to fight COVID, not division as these groups are trying to perpetuate,” Gatchalian said.

Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan also said he finds it absurd for the group to call for a revolutionary government when the current government itself could not even address the COVID-19 that led to thousands of deaths and millions of Filipinos without jobs.

The group—The Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) reportedly set the meeting inviting officials to discuss their proposal.

Duterte had repeatedly threatened to launch a revolutionary government, during his presidential campaign in 2016 and several times in 2017 and 2019, saying he would have his critics arrested if he is “pushed to the wall.”

But Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana himself said he does not support the call of the group.

Vice President Leni Robredo also earlier warned that the President would be violating the Constitution in the event he declares a revolutionary government. 


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2020/08/23/senators-shoot-down-proposed-revolutionary-government/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=senators-shoot-down-proposed-revolutionary-government)

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