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Duterte disowns group pushing for revolutionary government

Francis Wakefield



President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday disowned a private group which recently called for a revolutionary government under his  leadership.

“I don’t give a damn about it,” the President said. “I don’t even know the people in it.”

The Chief Executive also lashed at the group which organized themselves into the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) that is calling for a “revolutionary government”, saying forming it does not fall under his mandate.

“That’s not my job,” he reiterated.

“There are those coming out, saying they want one– a revolutionary government. Then they are saying that I’m the… (leader). I don’t care about that. I don’t know anyone there,” Duterte said.

The MRRD-NECC organized a small group at the Clark Freeport on Saturday to support a “revolutionary government” to be led by the President until the end of his term in 2022.

The group proceeded to the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan to launch what they called as the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change.

Bobby Brillante, deputy national spokesperson of the MRRD-NECC, indentified some of the leading participants in the open call for the establishment of a “revolutionary government” as MRRD-NECC Chairman Atty. Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong; Usec Martin Diño; Mayor Rey San Pedro, Bulacan Gov. Willie Alvarado and Rep. Omar Albano Fajardo.

Mamondiong was appointed by Duterte as Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) Director General in 2016 before he ran and lost the Lanao del Sur gubernatorial post to Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, Jr. in May last year.

Diño is currently the Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs at the Department of the Interior and Local Government. He was the former barangay leader in Quezon City who served as “placeholder” for Duterte during the 2016 Presidential elections. He withdrew his candidacy so that Duterte could take his place as official PDP (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino) presidential candidate.

Brillante is a politician who lost a bid to become a Makati councilor in May last year; San Pedro was a mayor of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan from 2010 to 2016; Alvarado is currently the Bulacan vice-governor although he served as the provincial governor from 2010-2019; and Fajardo was appointed by President Duterte as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Iraq in 2018.

Fajardo once faced a case of indiscriminate firing and grave threats after shooting at a provincial bus along EDSA in Makati City in 2013, according to a newspaper report from that year.