Duterte to military, police: 'Don't support elite's power movements'

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2019 11:49 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on the military and police to stop supporting "power movements" of "elite groups," saying such demonstrations do nothing but transfer power from one political group to the next.

Duterte made the statement on the day that the country marked the 33rd anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, a historic movement that toppled the dictatorship of President Ferdinand Marcos.

“Ang sinabi ko lang sa mga military tsaka sa mga pulis, kayo rin kasi, may power movement itong mga mayaman mga etong kita mo 'yung mga spokesman nila? Saan nakatira, sa Forbes Park kuno… crowd ni Roxas. Sila, mga elitista, tapos 'yan sila mag-power power movement. Tapos kayo naman, military pati pulis, sumasali kayo, tapos sabihin niyo, ‘oh dito kami sa kampong ito.’ And you have done that several times,” Duterte said.

“Oh my God, so that ibigay mo doon, kanino mo doon i-turn over ang gobyerno? Doon sa kalaban niya sa politika. Better stop it. Kung ganon 'wag kayong makialam, if that is your habit. What for?” he said. “Ibigay mo lang dun sa isa… kunin mo sa isang kurakot, ibigay mo dun sa kung hindi kurakot ang unggoy na 'yan, 'yung mga anak.”

Duterte said military and police officials should form a junta if they are successful in taking down an administration through a coup d'état.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘kung magkudeta kayo, mag-mutiny kayo, 'wag mong isauli sa politiko, isauli mo sa Pilipino. Maghanap kayo ng dalawa-tatlong pinakabright na military, maghanap ka diyan sa Makati pinaka-bright na mga bata, matatanda na… then sabihin ninyo we will guarantee your term for 7 years, gawain mo lahat para sa bayan. Kayong politiko, magpahinga kayong lahat. Edi tapos. Aangat tayo,” he said.

Duterte did not attend the activities commemorating the People Power anniversary on Monday, but said in a statement that the peaceful revolution “brought together Filipinos from all walks of life” and “has given rise to a Philippines that was reborn from the ashes of its tumultuous past.”

“I am hopeful that this occasion will inspire all of us, especially the younger generation, to deeply value the freedom and liberty that we won in EDSA. Let us never forget the sacrifice of those who came before us so that we may always be motivated to preserve and protect the democratic way of life that we enjoy today,” he said.