MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson said the possibility of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring a revolutionary government any time soon, despite his recent pronouncements, is very unlikely.
In an interview over ANC’s Headstart, Lacson said Duterte was simply in his usual self when he made the threat, aside from the fact that there is no basis for the President to make good on his words.
“By now, I can speak for myself, I’ve grown accustomed to impulsive comments and reactions from the President. He knows in his heart of hearts that he won’t do it and he cannot do it, forming a revolutionary government,” Lacson told host Karen Davila.
The senator added there’s no point at this time to react to the President’s remarks and other similar pronouncements.
“Reacting negatively or otherwise to such impulsive comments I think is just a waste of time,” said Lacson.
President Duterte last week threatened to declare a revolutionary government amid alleged destabilization plot by several groups including the opposition, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Communists Party of the Philippines (CPP).
However, Lacson stressed these remarks by the President need not be taken seriously; noting further the same threat he made against the European Union envoys a few days earlier which the lawmaker said no one actually believes, including the EU itself.