It’s now official. Malacanang has distanced itself from his supporters who have urged President Duterte to declare a revolutionary government.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the President stands by his statement that “there is no need for a revolutionary government because he belongs to a constitutional government,”
Roque was commenting on Duterte’s statement on Monday that talks about a revolutionary government
He said pro-Duterte groups pushing for a revolutionary government are free to publicly air their opinion, and if there are people, sectors who have any resentment and think there is a need for a revolutionary government to address these resentments, such issues should be “discussed publicly, including the military.”
Roque said Duterte supports free speech even if the views expressed are against his.
The Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte – National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC), a group of Duterte supporters, advocates the establishment of a RevGov and the adoption of a new federal Constitution.
Several top government officials have joined Duterte is publicly rejecting the RedGov proposal. For now, the President and the government are addressing the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Roque said.
He explained that Duterte has not abandoned his campaign promise to push for a federal system of government, but the President is only looking at three options to amend the 1987 Constitution — Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), or the people’s initiative.