PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has denied plans of establishing a revolutionary government, saying that he was misquoted in media.
“[A] Revolutionary [government]? Then we should have a revolution first. Until there is a revolution, that’s unlikely. I said, [it will happen]if things go out of control and the government is left on the edge, that’s my predicate,” Duterte said.
“It wasn’t an outright statement that we should establish a revolutionary government. What I said…they (media) would really cut my message. That’s why I said I won’t engage media’s whims,” Duterte said.
President Duterte said in October that he would declare a revolutionary government if communists would attempt to destabilize the government.
“I will declare a revolutionary government. You are all arrested. I am not scaring people, just remember that,” Duterte said then.
His daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte echoed her father’s claims, saying that the threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism.
The military, including Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, however, repeatedly ruled out destabilization threats against President Duterte.
Duterte also drew flak over his statement of a revolutionary government, with the opposition accusing him of setting the stage towards a dictatorship.