By Genalyn Kabiling
DA NANG, Vietnam — President Duterte is no longer inclined to declare a revolutionary government to quell destabilization attempts due to lack of military support.
The President said he asked the military about the matter and got the same reply given to Vice President Leni Robredo that they were not in favor of a revolutionary government.
“Tama siya. Tinanong ko ang military. Sabi nila, ‘Hindi kami susuporta ng revolutionary government [She’s right. I asked the military and they said, ‘We will not support a revolutionary government’],” Duterte said in a press conference after meeting the Filipino community last Thursday night.
“Sabi ko, ‘Why?’ Sabi nila, ‘Dahil sabi ni Vice President Robredo.’ ‘O bakit?’ Sabi niya, ‘Mas gusto namin siya. Babae at saka hindi nagmumura [I asked why and they said, ‘Because Vice President Robredo said so.’ Why? They said, ‘We like her better. She’s a woman and she does not curse],” he added.
Upon hearing the military’s refusal to support a revolutionary government, Duterte said: “O sige. ‘Di hindi tayo mag-revolutionary government.’ Tama, tama siya [Okay, we won’t declare a revolutionary government. She’s right].”
Robredo earlier obtained the assurance from defense and military officials that they would not support moves to place the country under a revolutionary government. The Vice President thanked the military, saying the people look to them to defend the country’s democracy.