No checks and balances under revolutionary gov't: analyst

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Posted at Dec 01 2017 10:09 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2017 10:30 AM

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A political analyst warned Friday there will be no checks and balances under a revolutionary government as all political power is given to the President. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, political analyst Dr. Aries Arugay said people who are backing a revolutionary government want to bring change to the system immediately by doing away with all possible checks and balances such as Congress and the courts.

"Maraming wala ng pasensya at gustong madaliin ang pagbabago. Ang gusto nila ay hindi na bigyan ng balakid ang gobyerno, he said. 

"Sa revolutionary government, walang checks and balances. Walang nagsasabi na maghinay-hinay tayo at siguraduhin na yung kapangyarihan ay nae-exercise ng maayos."

"Ang gusto nito ay hindi mabigyan o mahirapan ang isang leader na gawin kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin." 

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier floated the idea of setting up a revolutionary government, wherein sweeping governmental reforms will take place, such as the declaration of government posts as vacant.

On Wednesday the President said he hopes he would not be "compelled" to set up a revolutionary government in the Philippines. He added he might be forced to declare a revolutionary government if the country, like a ship, "is about to capsize."

Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III earlier posted a YouTube video that justified the formation of a revolutionary government as the fastest way to federalism. 

"Binibigyan natin ang ating pangulo na maging executive and legislative at the same time," he said. "Siya ang magpapatupad ng batas. Siya ang gagawa ng batas."

He added: "Declaration of vacancy of all government positions mula sa vice president mawawala ho yan. Barangay mawawala ho yan. Pagdiniklara, magkakaroon ng bakante ang posisyon sa lahat."

He said the revolutionary government will only be temporary until a new Constitution is in place. 

Arugay, however, said should Duterte declare a revolutionary government, the executive will "grab powers" from other institutions - a move that has no constitutional basis. 

"Ang mangyayare ay magkakapower grab ang gobyerno mula sa sarili niya. Parang magbabago siya ng identity (kasi) ayaw na niya ng ganitong klaseng kasunduan na may limits," he said.

"Sana yung hangarin ng pagbabago hindi magamit ng ibang puwersa na may political agenda," he added.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte will only declare a revolutionary government if destabilization attempts against the administration will not cease.

"Ang revolutionary government ay isang option kapag naghihingalo na ang gobyerno dahil sa mga pagtatangkang siya ay patalsikin sa puwesto noong mga hindi makapaghintay sa 2022," Roque said.