President Duterte has dared critics of his battle on medicine to stage an rebellion against him.
“Go ahead,” he informed a press convention. “I’m ready for that truly. So that there can be a change of president and all the things.
“And perhaps the new generation will come up with something that is — a government that is really working.”
Speaking amid rising opposition to his drug battle following the taking pictures of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, the president stated he would surrender energy if requested by Army chief Eduardo Año.
“A coup d’état? That’s not necessary,” he stated. “All Año has to do, or the commanding generals of the Armed Forces, all they have to do is to come here or tell me, ‘You step down.’ I will give it,” stated throughout the late-night press briefing within the Malacañang on Monday (August 21).
“If the military wants to follow me, then follow. If not, then tell me. Maybe you can do better,” he added.
The president stated there was no want for the navy to battle against the Presidential Security Group, which is accountable for defending the president and his household.
“They’re all soldiers. They were classmates at the PMA (Philippine Military Academy). Why would you kill each other? Just say it if you want it. You want a junta? Go ahead and I will swear them into office,” he stated.
The president made the feedback after a few of these protesting against the killing of in Caloocan used the Filipino phrase “himagsikan” — “revolt” — to describe their protest.
“Let’s have an upheaval. But since I am in government, we will really be enemies. But do it. I will be glad if you do it. Upheaval? You want to war against government? Go ahead,” the president stated.
“Do it. I will be glad if you do it because actually the system here is rotten and government also.”
On Monday, protesters held mass actions in Caloocan City and on the Edsa People’s Power Monument in Manila to protest against the taking pictures of Delos Santos.
“I am encouraging you to take to the streets. Everybody… If you want that, go ahead. You have my blessing. Nobody will stop you in the streets,” the president stated.
“But in the event you take violence as your possibility, I stated go forward, and allow us to discover out… If I discover or came upon later that I’m the one one defending the federal government, then I’d be completely happy to go down.
“There’s no problem… I have no illusions about staying for five years.”
As we reported yesterday, the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (Padem), which claims to characterize troopers and policemen, known as for the president to be ousted for betraying public belief, permitting Beijing to occupy the South China Sea, and inciting the police to commit extrajudicial killings.