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Palace bucks RevGov, says Duterte won’t stay beyond 2022

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 03:49 PM August 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday said it would not support clamors for a revolutionary government, saying President Rodrigo Duterte himself is looking forward to finishing his term in 2022.

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“It does not enjoy any support po from the government now. It is a private initiative but the private individuals can express, freely, their views as part of freedom of speech,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing.

Earlier, a group called Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) launched the movement in support of a revolutionary government led by the Duterte administration which would fast track federalism.

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Asked for the President’s take on the matter, Roque maintained that Duterte’s focus is on the ongoing health crisis due to COVID-19.

“Alam niyo po ang Presidente nakatutok naman siya sa COVID-19 responses natin ngayon at paulit-ulit na po niyang sinasabi he’s looking forward to the end of his term and he wants to live a quiet life again,” Roque said.

(The President is focused on our COVID-1 responses and he has repeatedly said that he’s looking forward to the end of his term and he wants to live a quiet life again.)

“Kung kayo po ay nagkakaroon ng agam-agam na he (Duterte) will stay beyond his term, naku, that’s the farthest beyond of the mind of the President, I can assure you that,” he added.

(If you have doubts that he will stay beyond his term, that’s the farthest beyond the mind of the President, I can assure you that.)

Both the Philippine National Police and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also thumbed down the group’s call for a revolutionary government. [ac]

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