Occasionally, I break away from the thoughts and opinions of my fellow social media bloggers for whom I have the highest regard. This is one of those rare times.
Some of my colleagues have endorsed the call for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to establish a “revolutionary government.”
As some other netizen has said, what people are asking Duterte to do is to violate the Constitution which he pledged to uphold when he took his oath as president.
Establishing a revolutionary government means that the president will rule by executive order and render both the legislative and judicial branches of our Democratic government void of the principle of checks and balances.
Declaring a revolutionary government is not in the Constitution. Declaring Martial Law is — with Congressional consent (Article VII, Section 18 of the 1987 charter).
Duterte does not need either. He has the overwhelming support of the Filipino people.
While there are a few bad eggs trying to discredit the president and block his programs and initiatives aimed at eradicating corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, poverty and promoting peace and order, 9 out of 10 Filipinos are happy with the way he is leading the country. That’s unprecedented!
I do not believe Duterte needs extra-judicial powers to achieve the changes that the people are seeking. He has so far done a fantastic job without those powers.
His power comes from the people, and that is the key to his success as Philippine leader and an emerging world leader.
There will always be those who will never support Duterte, for political and other reasons. But that is the beauty of a Democracy. People are free to disagree or criticize.
In the end, as long as our leader has the kind of support he now enjoys, the people’s will — that of the majority — shall always prevail. That’s the true people power that makes the Philippines a truly great nation.