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Albayalde: Up to Duterte to declare revolutionary government


By Martin Sadongdong

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde will let President Duterte handle the issues that a looming revolutionary government is about to be declared.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

This, after Duterte announced that there are plots to oust him from power in October after the revocation of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s amnesty gathered criticisms from the public.

“Depende ‘yan no (It depends), it’s not ours to decide dahil hindi level ng PNP ‘yan (because it is not on the PNP’s level). I think that will be on the level of the Commander-in-Chief,” Albayalde said.

The PNP chief said they are ready to provide helpful inputs to the President regarding the matter but added that there are appropriate government agencies that are also capable of doing so.

“I’m sure he has his security advisers kung talagang magdecide siya na magkaroon ng (if ever he really decide to have a) revolutionary government,” he explained.

Upon his arrival in Davao City Saturday from a historic trip to Israel and Jordan last week, Duterte warned the public that there are three forces that are planning to oust him following the chaos brought by the revocation of Trillanes’ amnesty: Trillanes himself, the “Yellows” or the “Liberals” — apparently referring to the Liberal Party, and the politburo or political bureau — the executive committee for communist parties.

Trillanes earlier claimed that Duterte was planning to declare a revolutionary government to advance his interest following the revocation of his amnesty. He, however, warned the President that such move won’t gather support from the military and the police.

In response, Palace officials assured that Duterte has no plans of forming a revolutionary government since it is only for countries “without constitutional mandate.”

In the past, Duterte had floated the idea of putting in place a revolutionary government after saying communist rebels and his political opponents were trying to topple him from power.

It was in November 2017 when Duterte threatened that he would form a revolutionary government to prevent the opposition from supposedly marching on the streets armed with firearms and “spiraling out of control.”

Days later, Duterte took back his statement when the military opposed the idea of having a revolutionary government.

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