Robredo: No to revolutionary government, officials who would join to be held legally liable

Manila, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, expressed her hope that President Rodrigo Duterte would stick to his words not to declare a revolutionary government.

“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 said he won’t declare, we will hold on to that,” she said in Filipino.

 “If we can recall, these destabilizations [allegations], it was [Defense] Secretary [Delfin] Lorenzana and the AFP leadership that said there is no destabilization plot. They are in the position to say whether it is true or not,” she added.

Robredo was also alarmed that some government officials participated to a proposal to place the country under a revolutionary government.

“Alarming iyon kasi gusto mo… parang gusto kang mag-alsa laban sa pamahalaan, na isa ka sa mga kinatawan. Parang very ironic iyong ganoong sitwasyon,” Robredo told the reporters during Bonifacio day event in Caloocan city.

She added that government officials who would join demonstrations in support of a revolutionary government, could be held legally responsible.

“Kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala,” Robredo said.

(When you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing law, that’s why it is alarming.)

“Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally…di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,” she added.

(The question is, are those who are joining the rally maybe held legally liable? Because revolting against the Constitution, is also revolting against the government.)

According to Robredo she heard rumors about groups urging village officials to join the revolutionary government promising them position once it pushed through.

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