Ex-soldiers, cops group says ‘RevGov’ illegal, baseless

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A group of retired military and police officials has called the proposed establishment of a “revolutionary government” as baseless and illegal. 

“We are against the establishment of a revolutionary form of government because it is baseless, illegal, and will only add to the suffering of our people,” the Advocates for National Interest (ANI), chaired by retired Lt. Gen. Edilberto Adan, said in a press statement on Wednesday.

Adan, a former commander of the Southern Luzon Command, served as executive director of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement.

He was also a member of the Zenarosa Commission, which was formed in 2010 to dismantle private armies in the country during the term of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The ANI said such a proposal would bring major changes in the institutions of the country, including the legislative and the judiciary, through “authoritarian undemocratic means.”

“It will produce bigger problems than what it tries to solve,” it added.

The group opposed any initiative from any sector that would undermine the Constitution.

“Our nation must remain united under one Flag, one Constitution,” it said.

The ANI, meanwhile, expressed support for the Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Philippine National Police, which swiftly rejected calls for the establishment of a revolutionary government.

It also said it sympathizes with Filipinos’ suffering due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak on the economy.

“This challenging situation is exacerbated by the government’s struggle to battle corruption, to preserve our national security, and contain other ills that face our countrymen,” the group added. PNA.GOV.PH