President Duterte’s threat to declare a revolutionary government reveals the one thing he fears the most: a working democracy.
Duterte’s efforts to wrest control of all branches of government shows his traitorous plan to destroy the democracy the people fought for 30 years ago. He has attempted to condition the public’s minds since his ratings start to decline that groups will be out to overthrow him but it’s clear now that the country’s number one destabilizer is President Duterte himself.
The government has destabilized the country by killing thousands of its people, persecuting those who speak the truth about his policies and crushing all institutions that are supposed to keep him in check. Duterte has done nothing to probe the PhP 6.4 billion shabu shipment in which his son might be involved in. He has also failed accountability in his office by refusing to answer for the allegations of his family’s hidden wealth and allowing his men in the Cabinet to keep away some records of their wealth from the public.
Duterte’s first year in office is a disaster but Duterte’s revolutionary government will be hell. His plan to totalize power under him has already started by deploying his allies to impeach Chief Justice Sereno and harass Ombudsman Carpio. Last week he again spoke of returning power to the PNP to execute his war on drugs which under the PNP proved to be ruthless only to the poor and the powerless.
When President Duterte has finally removed all protections against his dictatorship, expect more killings, corruption and injustice to ensue.
This is the time to be courageous. We call on all people from all sectors to stand up against Duterte’s authoritarian revolutionary government and continue to shape and defend our democracy. Let us continue to put people and institutions of power in check that we make democracy work for all especially the poor and marginalized. Let us unite behind a democracy that works to uphold human rights, truth and justice which an authoritarian revolutionary government will certainly not stand for.