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Revolutionary govt ruled out amid coup talks

July 14, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte has no plan of declaring a revolutionary government despite talks of a possible coup d’etat against him and his administration.

In a pre-State of the Nation Address interview in Malacañang late Thursday, Duterte said he would let the military decide what to do.

President Rodrigo Duterte leads the 28th anniversary ceremony of the BJMP at the AFP theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Friday night. PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

“Ayaw ko (I don’t want to). But I’ll leave it to the military to decide what is good for the country. Kasi ang military hindi naman sila mainit (the military is not restive) but they know now what’s happening,” Duterte told The Manila Times when asked if he was inclined to declare a revolutionary government.

The President cited the irregularities hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Manila Water Co. Inc.

“I know these guys (soldiers), they’re well aware, they will die for this country,” he said.

“There are about 12 military men in my Cabinet and not because I want to ingratiate myself to them. You know I don’t have to do that. I was elected by the people. Ang gusto ko lang sa military is I can have the job done. You only have to ask them kaya mo (can you do it) and walang (no) corruption. So dito ako sa kanila (So I hire them),” he added.

Duterte made the statement days after Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said top military officials might have warned the President about a possible uprising.

But the President was unfazed, saying he was willing to resign if the military told him directly.

“Ako sabi ko (I said) allow me to go out and you can have your way. And if you want a coup d’etat, fine, but let me know. Do not bring your armor there and your guns. That would be too stupid and corny,” Duterte said.

“You only have to call me, we’ll have coffee here and if you say that panahon mo na, wala kaming maaasahan sa’yo (it’s time for you to step down, we can’t expect anything from you), okay I’ll step down,” he added.

Duterte, the commander-in-chief of the country’s Armed Forces, said he does not want to see government troops fighting each other.

“When you’re no longer needed, you do not call your Army to fight the Army,” he sressed.

In 2017, Duterte threatened to declare a revolutionary government if his opponents would attempt to oust him.

The President had said he had no plans to become a dictator and promised to step down once his term ends in 2022.

Panelo, also Duterte’s chief legal counsel, earlier said the President might declare a revolutionary government, impose martial law or use other emergency powers to eliminate the country’s problems.

He, however, expressed confidence that any coup attempt against Duterte would fail.

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