PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday ordered the investigation of the proponents of the so-called Revolutionary Government Movement which has been described as “unconstitutional” with President Duterte himself saying he has nothing to do with it.
According to the PNP chief, intelligence agents are closely monitoring the proponents behind the controversial movement which is now being probed by agents form the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Major Gen. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.
“I was informed that letters were sent out to several government agencies inviting us to attend their supposed assembly. The information was then leaked to the media making it appear that we were involved or worse, that we consented to it,” he said.
Gen. Gamboa reiterated that the PNP leadership has nothing to do with the call for a revolutionary government.
“Political stunts such as this are ill-timed considering that we in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I have directed the CIDG to investigate the individuals behind it and to determine if there is any basis to file criminal charges leading to a possible arrest,” he said.
President Duterte the other day denied having a hand in the calls for a revolutionary government as he stressed that he does not have any interest in instituting such a change. “Marami ngayon, may naglalabas, revolutionary government tapos ako ang sinasabi na...wala akong pakialam niyan, wala akong kilala na mga tao na ‘yan at hindi ko ‘yan trabaho, he said
Last Saturday, the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change assembled at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga to push for the creation of a revolutionary government and the adoption of a new federal constitution.
The Palace, the PNP, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and the Armed Forces rejected the proposal. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated that the President has not abandoned his campaign promise to push for a federal system of government but never considered establishing a revolutionary government as one of his options.
Roque said Duterte is only looking at three options to amend the 1987 Constitution, namely, Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), or People’s Initiative as he dismissed speculations that the firebrand former Davao City mayor wants to extend his term beyond July 2022.
The presidential spokesperson emphasized that the President is too busy addressing the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic to concern himself with the idea of a revolutionary government.
“The most pressing and most urgent concern, which requires the Executive’s full attention, is the gradual opening of the economy while safeguarding the people who are working or going back to work amid the pandemic,” he said.