Cha-cha, not RevGov: Roque wants end to talk of 'revolutionary gov't'


Posted at Nov 30 2017 11:03 AM

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MANILA - The spokesman of President Duterte wants an end to talk that the Palace is eyeing a shift to a "revolutionary government", noting that the administration is pushing for Charter change instead. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the President has already said he will only look at the revolutionary government proposal if the nation is already on its last legs. 

"Kapag natapos ang araw na ito at walang revolutionary government, sana po masupil na ang usapin sa revolutionary government. Nakikita natin na lahat ng tao - pro or against - binibigyan ng karapatan nang malayang pananalita," he said. 

"Ang Presidente po malinaw ang sinabi sa revolutionary government na yan. Pag nanghihingalo na ang republika saka lang niya iisipin yan pero pag wala ang mga kondisyon para sa revolutionary government ang usapin na baguhin o amyendahan ang Saligang Batas ay patunay na hindi siya naniniwala sa revolutionary government." 

Duterte earlier floated the idea of setting up a revolutionary government amid alleged destabilization efforts by his political foes, which supposedly included communist rebels, the rich, and even the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He said he would set up a revolutionary government and declare all positions vacant if the country descends into chaos amid what he believes are efforts by his political enemies to destabilize his administration.

He later backtracked on the idea. 

RADIO DZMM, November 30, 2017