MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte's administration should instead focus on rebuilding war-torn Marawi City instead of floating ideas of a possible revolutionary government, Liberal Party (LP) senators said Tuesday.
LP President Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said the government should prioritize the rehabilitation of Marawi City instead of worrying about alleged destabilization efforts.
“The government should make rehabilitation of Marawi City a top priority when the fighting stops instead of dwelling on baseless destabilization reports,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
“Nasasayang lang ang panahon ng gobyerno dahil sa pagtuon ng pansin sa destabilisasyon na bunga ng fake news," he added.
(The government's resources are wasted over fake-news-based destabilization.)
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.
Duterte's pronouncement, however, did not sit well with some senators, 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.
LP senator Bam Aquino, meanwhile, expressed hopes that rebuilding efforts for Marawi City would soon be prioritized following the death of terror leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.
“With this victory, we hope that the firefighting will soon end so the government can immediately lift Martial Law and finally focus on rebuilding and developing Marawi City,” Aquino said.
Maute and Hapilon were killed in a military assault early Monday, a significant development in the ongoing battle for Marawi City which began last May 23.
“We will fully support all efforts by the government to bring normalcy back to Marawi City and restore the city from the ravages of the fighting to its full glory,” Aquino added.