THE next elections are on May 15, 2022. It's a Sunday. That would be about 19 months and 10 days from next month for the candidates or the re-electionists to prepare if ever there would be election for the next president of this Republic down to the last elective posts in the local government units.
But there are now doubts if there would be election on May 15, 2022 after a group that brands itself as "People's National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change" called for a "revolutionary government" to be led by President Rodrigo Duterte allegedly until the end of his term in 2022. This group was convened by the "Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee" (MRRD-NECC) that was responsible for the candidacy of Duterte in the 2016 presidential polls.
Some 300 people converged at the Clark Freeport on Saturday, August 20, to support a revolutionary government. They timed their event on the same day (August 20) that the Katipuneros tore up their cedula, which signaled the start of the 1896 revolution against the Spanish colonial government. There was no report they ripped off their cedulas.
Our history is replete with revolutionary governments. To name a few, the Katipuneros in 1892 against the Spanish regime, the revolt against the American occupation, and not long ago was the bloodless "People Power Revolution" in February 1986 that toppled down the martial law ruler, the late Ferdinand E. Marcos, where a revolutionary government was established and the late Cory Aquino was sworn in as the revolutionary president.
One of the intentions of this group is the shift to a federal form of government that if we may recall was one of the promises of President Duterte during the campaign in the 2016 presidential polls to change our system of government in order to cut corruption and to have equal distribution of wealth to the different provinces, cities and towns. Under the present system, country's capital is dubbed as "Imperial Manila," where Malacañang, the seat of power, is located.
A handful of people, who branded themselves revolutionaries, want the total overhaul of our Constitution and transform our system of governance to federal while the three branches of our government -- Executive, Legislative and Judiciary -- are still functioning in accordance with our Constitution. Their action amounts to inciting sedition and they should be charged.
In this time of Covid-19 pandemic where everyone (except for those who may have benefited from it) is emotionally and financially stressed, the entry of this so-called "rev gov" group has added to the unimaginable distress that the majority, if not all, are now experiencing. It's not ill-timed. It's done on purpose since they perhaps think that the majority would not mind as they are more concern with how to contain this virus.
It may be recalled that three years ago, when the issue of revolutionary government popped up, on November 21, 2017, President Duterte denied he has plans to establish a revolutionary government, saying that the country will not get anything out of it. But the president's critics were cagy because he is someone who won't back flip on many issues.
It was unnecessary for the police and armed forces to issue statement that they do not favor the revolutionary government because as guardians of the peace and order in the country, it's their job to ensure that everyone is safe and free. Because if they do join, it would mean an overthrow of this government through coup d'etat aided by the civilians. No, we don't want this to happen. Because if it does, Duterte would no longer be the president of this republic.