Even before being elected President Rodrigo Duterte planned to set up a revolutionary government. He pointed out that he would padlock the Congress and judiciary through extraconstitutional means. Duterte also stated that he is not eager on declaring martial law because a revolutionary government is faster to establish. This is his solution to make a “real progress” in our country. Indeed, a revolutionary type of government can help bring about the changes that a leader would like to make.
But a revolutionary government is something that cannot be proclaimed or be made outside the context of an actual revolution. In order for the President to become a leader of a revolutionary government, there must be first a revolution.
So, what if the President will really set up a revolutionary type of government? Here are some possible effects if it will occur under the current administration.
1.) Existing institutions and processes will no longer be functioning.
The Congress, Senate, and courts may have to be abolished or decrease in power. That means the positions of politicians will be diminished. All local government officials or politicians such as mayors, governors will be replaced or included under the military. The courts, including the Supreme Court, may have to be neutralized and overruled by the executive department. The people in the bureaucracy will remain but they cannot work effectively and efficiently under a new set of rules.
2.) The President will have both executive and legislative powers.
Since the Congress will lose its power, the president will have both executive and legislative powers. Like the former President Cory Aquino, soon after the People Power uprising in 1986 that oust the late President Ferdinand Marcos, President Aquino released a proclamation including the adoption of a provisional charter as she discarded the 1973 constitution and also implementing changes in the government
She guaranteed an “orderly transition” to a government under a new constitution (which is the 1986 Freedom constitution) that limits all future presidents from implementing martial law the same way as the late President Ferdinand Marcos did and as well as shutting down the Congress and all elected officials.
3.)The economic implications of a revolutionary government will dire.
Our domestic and foreign investments will decrease, it is also the case in other countries under a dictatorship. OFW remittances, BPOs and Tourism will go down taking with them our domestic demand. Then our poverty level, which has been going down, will start going up.
4.) Communist insurgents will expand.
Because of the increasing level of our poverty rate, communist insurgents or protests will start to grow. The fastest membership expansion of the NPA was in the martial law years wherein injustice and poverty in the urban and rural areas were forced to rebel due to lack of better choices.
5.) The country will be under an autocratic form of government.
If a revolutionary type of government will occur, the country will be under a one-man rule which others do not agree of. But, according to a survey, five (5) out of ten (10) Filipinos are still open to an autocratic form of government (Pew Research Center).
Now, do you think revolutionary government should be adopted in the country? Will this solve our deep problems as a nation or just make worst?