With Homobono A. Adaza
“Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.” – George Bernard Shaw
“There is not a week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country. if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.” – Walt Whitman, poet and famous author of the Leaves of Grass
What is a revolutionary government? It is a government born out of a revolution. What is a revolution? It is a dramatic political move executed by forces either from within the government or forces outside of government.
What is the meaning of a dramatic political move? It is the ouster or removal of the existing government.
Reason: What is the reason for a revolution? It is due to the failure of government to perform its duties to the country and the people. Its purpose is to overthrow a government so there will be better leaders to effectively respond to the needs of the people.
The country is agog over the news of some persons urging the people of this country to support the organization of a revolutionary government.
These persons are so brave they even had a photo opportunity published in the leading national dailies with public statements urging everyone to support their advocacy for the organization of a revolutionary government with President Duterte as its head. Is this legal, constitutional and acceptable?
Nature of Revgov: A revolutionary government is an organization that takes over the reins of government which means that the government is the law and the leader or leaders are the lawgivers.
He or they are the executive, legislative and judiciary rolled into one. Whatever he or they say is final and irrevocable. Nobody can contradict them. Everyone has to say yes to them even if they confiscate your wife or your daughters as their sex slaves.
You can be stripped of your rights and properties without anyone to intervene because they are the lawgivers and the holders of the law. This is the revolutionary government as defined by the behavior and statements of the current organizers. Why?
Genuine revolutionary government: Anyone who organizes a revolutionary government after a successful revolution or a coup defines his concept of what is his revolutionary government.
First, it must show its vision of the country. Second, it must lay down the goals and principles of that vision. Third, it must have a definite organization tailored to achieve its goals operating within its principles. Fourth, it must identify the personalities composing the apparatus that will implement the methods to achieve the goals of the vision.
Fifth, it must show the qualifications of such personalities in terms of ability, integrity, character, discipline, in its commitment to the vision and to God, country and people.
Without these components, it is a fake revolutionary government just like the Cory Aquino government and a scandalous and shameless power grab.
Admission of failure: The group slaps itself and President Duterte with its statements. Among these statements are the following:
FIRST slap and admission: According to the organizers, one of the reasons for the installation of a Revgov is: “This is to save our country from crumbling and falling apart, our people from desperation, the Filipino youth from hopelessness.”
Questions: Who is the President of the country for the past four years, is it not President Rodrigo Roa Duterte?
Who are some of the fanatics following President Duterte all over the place, are they not the organizers of this Coalition for a Revgov?
Who have been saying that Duterte is the greatest President and he has great achievements more than any other President of this country including President Marcos, are they not President Duterte and the revgov proponents?
If they are such outstanding achievers, why must the country be saved from “crumbling and falling apart, our people from desperation, the Filipino youth from hopelessness”? Since Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte heads the government and in control of the country, are not Duterte, his government and his followers responsible for the present condition of the country?
If that is the case, then are they not the ones to blame for what the Revgov organizers claim as the inevitable “crumbling and falling apart of the country, the desperation of our people”?
If the country is such in good shape, why organize a revolutionary government?
Why destroy and replace a constitutional government headed by Duterte? Are the organizers of the Revgov interested in a power grab so they and Duterte can continue in power and enjoy the prerequisites of power at the expense of our country and our people?
Answers: You don’t have to grope for answers because they are all rhetorical questions which mean the answers are integrated into the questions – plain and simple common sense.
SECOND slap and admission: Revgov organizers are also saying that the other reason why there is need for a Revgov, in a PDI news story is “to seek more powers for Mr. Duterte apart from his powers under the Constitution ‘to eliminate the ills of society’ and to purge the government of corrupt officials.
Questions: Why more powers? Has President Duterte not exercised powers beyond those granted him under the Constitution and even violating his oath under the Constitution, and the people did not resist?
Did he not turn over our victory in the West Philippine Sea at the UN Arbitral Tribunal to China and his friend, President Xi Jin Ping to the prejudice of our country and our people, in violation of our Constitution and his oath where he is “to preserve and defend the Constitution, and the people did not resist?
Did he not send Senator Leila Delima to jail for unmasking the murderous activities of his DDS, known either as the Davao Death Squads or Duterte Death Squads, and the people did not resist?
Did he not demolish Marawi City, the center of Maranao culture, even as he claims of his Maranao ancestry which was proved entirely false by his unauthorized biography, and the people did not resist?
Did he not orchestrate the extra-judicial killings of more than thirty thousand poor drug users and small time drug pushers, according to human rights watchers here and abroad, even as claims that he loves the poor, and the people did not resist?
Did he not initiate and approve the Anti-Terrorism Act which violates scandalously provisions of our Constitution, and the people did not resist?
Did he not shamelessly engineer the denial of application for renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN for entirely personal reasons, and the people did not resist?
Did he not orchestrate the removal of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno also for personal reasons on what many believed is in derogation of the constitutional provision that a Chief Justice can only be removed through impeachment, and the people did not resist?
So what more power do you want when in a famous line of a song, whatever Lola wants, Lola gets? Under the present Duterte national governments, is it not also true that whatever Duterte wants, Duterte gets?
Answers: Like a refrain of a song, I say: You don’t have to grope for answers because they are all rhetorical questions which mean the answers are integrated into the questions – plain and simple common sense.
THIRD slap and admission: The Revgov proponents say that by granting more powers to President Duterte, they will “eliminate the ills of society’ and purge the government of corrupt officials.”
Questions: President Duterte is heading the government. For the past four years, has he solved the ills of the country – poverty, injustice, selective justice, illegal drugs, extra-judicial killings, graft and corruption, abuses of the police and the military, oppressive behavior of the oligarchies, incompetence in government?
(To be continued)