Duterte threat of revolutionary gov't worries Robredo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2017 04:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2017 04:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte talks to VicePresident Leni Robredo during the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) graduation ceremony in Camp Castaneda, Silang town in Cavite City, March 24, 2017. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters


MANILA- Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday expressed concern over President Rodrigo Duterte's threat of declaring a revolutionary government, saying it fosters fear among Filipinos.

"Nag-aalala tayo na maraming paratang [na] ganito. Tingin ko hindi nakakatulong sabihin 'to kasi nagke-create ito ng fear among people," she said.

Robredo questioned Duterte's basis for issuing such a statement, lamenting that it promotes divisiveness instead of unity.

"Madali lang magsabi [na magtatayo ng isang revolutionary government] pero ano yung basehan? Parang nag-aalangan tayo.
Walang basehan, imbis na magkaisa tayo sa problema, lalong nag-aaway," she said.

Duterte last week threatened to put up a revolutionary government and declare all positions in government vacant if the country will descend into chaos due to what he believes are destabilization efforts of his political enemies.

The President's pronouncements earned him the ire of some lawmakers, particularly those who are members of cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas.

The group last week blasted Duterte for his remarks, saying only a "paranoid and insecure little man" would feel the need to declare a revolutionary government.

Robredo however assured the Duterte adminstration that despite criticisms coming from the oppositon, she wants his government to succeed.

“Pag tayo ay nagki-criticize hindi naman natin gustong sabihin na gusto nating hindi magtagumpay ang gobyerno,. kaya tayo nagki-criticize kasi kabaligtaran ang gusto nating mangyari, gusto nating ipa-alala na merong mga bagay na hindi tayo sang-ayon pero hindi ko sasabihin na gusto nating hindi magtagumpay ang adminsitrasyong ito," she added. 

The Vice President also took a swipe, although in jest, at Philippine National Police Chi, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa who advised her to set aside her supposed political ambitions.

“Natawa ako sa statement, ang biro ko nga, malalaman mo siguro na may ambition ako pag meron na siguro akong mascot at standee sa mga mall, pero hanggang wala akong mascot saka mga standee sa mall, gusto kong sabihin hindi ko pa inaambisyon, napakaraming oras ang kailangan natin para magtrabaho para isipin ang susunod na eleksyon,” Robredo said.

The PNP chief is known to have a “PO1 Bato” mascot which he uses in the anti-drug campaign and to bring police closer to people, especially children.

-- With reports from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News