'Rev Gov' runs into stiff opposition

'Rev Gov' SEVERAL senators opposed the shift to a revolutionary government proposed by some supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte saying it would not solve the issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Risa Hontiveros dismissed the call as a mere distraction that should not be taken seriously.

"This is yet another distraction from the real crisis we are facing today, which is the coronavirus pandemic. The public needs good healthcare and jobs, and that requires good governance not a so-called 'rev-gov'," she said in a statement.

Senator Nancy Binay also opposed the proposal as she stressed that the country's focus should be on stemming the transmission of COVID-19.

"Hindi nakaka-flatten ng curve ang RevGov #noTOREvGov #yestotheConstitution," she said in her tweet.

Like Binay, Senator Sonny Angara tweeted the same hashtags as an expression of his opposition to the call.

Meanwhile, Senate President Tito Sotto said the rule of law is the safest guide to a better Philippines.

"Let us turn off this 'revolution noise' and we will be okay," he said.

It was earlier reported that Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee, a group of the President's supporters, called for a meeting to push for a revolutionary government.

AFP general

A high ranking official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also rejected calls for a revolutionary government.

During a confirmation hearing of a panel of the Commission on Appointments (CA), AFP Southern Luzon Command chief Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade thumbed down efforts of a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government.

“I’m not very familiar with that group but I don’t believe in a revolutionary government. We have existing mechanisms. We have a constitution that is very robust,” Parlade said.

“Maybe we need some reforms. There are provisions in the Constitution that’s probably already obsolete. Maybe that’s one of the things that we should look at,” he added.

Parlade believes that the proponents of a revolutionary government may have just been dissatisfied with the slow pace of reforms because of some constitutional constraints.

But Parlade stressed that reforms should be addressed through legislative action.

“Still, I believe we need to support reforms in the government and these can be done through legislation,” he said.

Because of this Senador Risa Hontiveros, who earlier criticized moves to establish a revolutionary government, lauded Parlade for his response.

The senator said calls for a revolutionary government is a “big offensive joke” considering hundreds of Filipinos are dying amid the coronavirus pandemic.