Senator Ping Lacson
By Junex Doronio
SHORT OF SAYING that they must be nuts, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said on Saturday that those agitating for the installation of a “revolutionary government” should be ignored because they just do not want to hold elections less than two years from now.
Lacson — perceived by some political analysts as a “dark horse” in the 2022 presidential elections — only mocked the reported 300 people who claimed to be supporters of the President who gathered at the Clark Freeport calling for a “revolutionary government” to be led by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself.
“They never had it so good. Gusto nila siguro mag-revolutionary government para wala nang election. Mga sulsol na wala sa lugar. Ang tawag ng mga karpintero riyan, wala sa hulog,” Lacson blurted out in an interview over radio station DWIZ.
Reports said members of the so-called Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) also wrote Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, informing him that their group will be holding a long march to Malacañang to drum up support for the revolutionary government.
Gamboa had confirmed that he was invited to attend a supposed meeting that called for a revolutionary government.
“Mabuti na lang si General Gamboa di niya pinatulan,” Lacson said, praising his fellow alumnus at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
The senator wondered aloud what could really be the main objective of the group.
Bobby Brillante, deputy national spokesperson of the MRRD-NECC, claimed that they are calling for a revolutionary government to push for a shift to federalism Duterte’s term ends.
“This is a people’s initiative type and we can no longer wait for Congress to institute changes. This is a signing of a manifesto statement of support and coalition building. The manifesto that we have today will be the basis of our unity. Considering there is a limited time remaining [in] his term, we have to revolutionize the process of change and we cannot leave this to Congress,” Brillante said.
But the hard-hitting senator maintained that the group should not be entertained.
“Dapat huwag patulan, kasi ito siguro mga nasarapan sa buhay nila dahil di naman sila Presidente kundi taga-suporta,” Lacson said.