PNP chief orders probe into ‘revolutionary government movement’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) — Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered to investigate the people behind the revolutionary government movement.

In a statement on Tuesday, Gamboa also denied involvement to calls for such reform. Moreover, “political stunts such as this are ill-timed considering that we are in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

The PNP chief said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will look into the matter to know if there is basis in order to file charges to the people behind the said movement.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he does not agree with the movement.

“Any complaint for inciting to sedition will be seriously investigated by the DOJ [Department of Justice],” he added.

A revolutionary government will disregard the current Constitution, meaning all branches of the government might be eliminated.

On August 21, Gamboa confirmed that he received an invitation from the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte - National Executive Coordinating Committee to attend a meeting calling for a revolutionary government.

The group said they also invited other officials, namely Armed Forces Chief Lt. Gen Gilberto Gapay and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

This was the same group who pushed President Rodrigo Duterte to run for President in 2016.

The group launched an event last week to show their support to the movement. It believes that this could accelerate the establishment of federalism before the term of the current administration ends in 2022.

In a 2017 speech, Duterte threatened to declare a revolutionary government if attempts to destabilize the government worsen.

Duterte has denied ties with the movement during his taped speech aired on Tuesday.