By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday expressed hope that President Rodrigo Duterte would keep his word that he would not declare a revolutionary government (RevGov) or martial law in the country.
“I think his statement is very important since it will put to rest all the rumors that it would be declared. If the President himself says he won’t declare, (then) we will hold onto that,” Robredo said in Filipino.
“If we can recall…it was [Defense] Secretary [Delfin] Lorenzana and the AFP leadership who said there is no destabilization plot. They are in the position to say whether it is true or not,” she added.
The Vice President was asked to comment on the rallies supporting Duterte’s proposed revolutionary government in various areas nationwide, coinciding with the commemoration of the 154th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio.
Robredo joined Lorenzana and local officials for the Bonifacio Day celebration in Caloocan City.
After the event, the Vice President said she found it “alarming” that some public officials are pushing for the establishment of a revolutionary government.
“When you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against existing laws,” she pointed out. “In effect, they want to ‘revolt’ against the government.”
“The majority might not have understood the implication of declaring a revolutionary government. It is equivalent to saying we don’t believe in this government, we don’t believe in the Constitution,” she warned.
Robredo said it might be worth looking into if the public officials, who would take part in rallies calling for a revolutionary government, could be held liable. “Because the revolt against the Constitution is a revolt against the government,” she noted.
Various groups expressed their desire to hold demonstrations nationwide asking Duterte to declare a revolutionary government to address the country’s problems, namely criminality, terrorism and illegal drugs.
The rallies were expected to be held in the cities of Baguio, Tuguegarao, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao, Butuan, Also included were Bauang, La Union; Iba, Zambales; Tanauan, Batangas; and Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, among others.