President Rodrigo Duterte said, at the 31st Annual Convention of the Prosecutor’s League of the Philippines on April 4, “I have enough problems with criminality, drugs, rebellion and all. Pero ‘pag ako ang pinaabot ninyo nang sagad, I will declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus; and I will arrest all of you.”
“So huwag ninyo akong – Kasama kayo sa mga rebelde, mga kriminal pati ‘yung mga durugista. And then pahirapan mo ako. I will declare a revolutionary war until the end of my term. Then pasensiyahan tayo. Come what may hell or otherwise,” he added.
After the speech, when asked by reporters regarding the concept of revolutionary government, Duterte said “we do not have a — an exact and definite definition of what a revolutionary government is.”
“So wala. It’s just an ano — an ordinary term, revolutionary government. Usually it happens when there is a military coup or a president — well, he goes against his own government,” he added.
However, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said “declaring a revolutionary government would mean that President Duterte becomes the leader of a revolutionary government while Robredo becomes the leader as president of a duly constituted government.”