MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday advised his critics to unite and form one group … his latest call to dissenters as allies and supporters accused them anew of destabilization efforts.
“I would be happy, really, if they will start to merge into one command. Itong mga Komunista at itong Liberal (Party), at itong mga iba na gustong paalisin ako, mag-isa isa na lang kayo,” he said in a speech in Malacañang.
… “Isang grupo. I think you share the same ideological whatever. Para hindi na masyadong magkalat ang ano… we can focus on all of you,” Duterte said.
the next day, this.
“Pag ang destabilization ninyo patagilid na and medyo magulo na (If your destabilization is worsening and it is becoming chaotic), I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term, and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full scale war against the Reds,” [Duterte] said in an interview with Erwin Tulfo aired over PTV Friday night.
“Mag-declare ako ng revolutionary government, period. And I will declare — I will clear the streets and I will declare all government positions vacant.
Mas matuloy, wala na akong problema kasi habulin ko na ngayon ‘yung mga corrupt para matanggal ko. Sige, mag-demonstrate kayo, bring it to a point na talagang tatagilid ‘yung gobyerno.”
am i so out of the loop that i haven’t heard of, or feel, moves to destablize the duterte government in aid of ousting him? meron ba talagang gumagana na destabilization plots ang mga dilawan at / o ang mga pula?
ang pakiramdam ko nga, parang ang presidente mismo at ang kanyang sobrang matitinik na social media forces ang nangde-destabilize, nanggagalit, nanguudyok, nananadya, practically, literally, goading us into rising up in anger at all the lying and killing.
parang they would like nothing better than to provoke us into what he tagged “EDSA terrorism” (correct me if i heard wrong) which would give him reason, excuse, pretext to declare a revolutionary government. parang si marcos noong 1972 — kinailangan munang ma-ambush si enrile before marcos dared sign proclamation 1081.
but the similarity ends there. for what he wants to do 60 days of martial law would not suffice, so duterte’s being creative. if you’re on facebook, read jose alejandrino’s primer on rev powers that is making the rounds.
once duterte finds an excuse to abrogate the constitution, he will next do a cory instead, declare a revolutionary government, rule by executive decree, change the constitution to provide for federalism atbp., hold a plebiscite in may 2018, the people vote yes, and the shift to federalism happens, i can’t imagine how, though i can imagine da who.
i also imagine that the duterte constitution has already been crafted, naghihintay na lang ng tamang panahon. so bakit ba sobrang nagmamadali? i think it has to do with mindanao. i think nangako siya sa MI at sa MN and he’s being held to that promise or else there will be more war. kung ma-approve nga ang bagong constitution in may 2018, then by may 2019 we would be voting in “new” officials to regional governments and to some kind of parliament. and that would be the end of the revo government daw.
rep edcel lagman insists that there are no destabilization plots or serious threats from the left and political opposition.
He also said that establishing a revolutionary government has no constitutional basis.
“A revolutionary government is the result of a successful people’s uprising or revolt overthrowing an incumbent President and his subalterns like the EDSA People Power revolution,” he said.
He added: “It is not a product of a self-serving declaration of a sitting President ostensibly to retain and prolong the exercise of powers and “crush” perceived enemies of the state.”
but there are ways and ways of spinning the cory “precedent” to make it seem like this is a similar moment for duterte given how radical his federalism agenda, and how great, allegedly, it would be for country. at matagal na niya itong sinasabi. read chit pedrosa’s Federalism is the answer.
In his speech after being proclaimed the standard-bearer of PDP-Laban political party, Duterte said he has no ambition to run for president, but decided to do so when his political party’s leaders urged him to run and push for federalism.
“Kinausap ako to carry the torch of federalism,” Duterte said. “I will build a nationwide consensus for federalism.”
a nationwide consensus would be good. i’m against federalism but i’m open to being overruled by the majority — an informed majority, of course. kung ibig talaga ng presidente na ituloy ang may 2018 plebiscite, may panahon pang pag-usapan ito nang masinsinan. sana may information campaign on what that new constitution would be like, and what federalism coupled with economic liberalization would mean for the impoverished masses and the oppressed middle class, in aid of public discussions in the run-up to a plebiscite. ‘wag naman tayo masyadong biglain.
meanwhile the political oppositions can only warn against a dictatorship, not about what the president thinks he needs dictatorial powers for. in denial ba sila about the president’s agenda? o baka naman okay sa kanila ang charter change at federalism? it’s time to have this conversation, folks.