Declaring revolutionary gov’t is ‘dumbest move’ Duterte can make - Ex SC Justice Carpio

Declaring revolutionary gov’t is ‘dumbest move’ Duterte can make - Ex SC Justice Carpio


Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has made public his two cents on the Revolutionary Government issue in his August 27 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (INQ).

Such move he calls would be the “dumbest move” that President Rodrigo Duterte can make,referring to the idea if a revolutionary government is declared.

He took note that Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) obedience to President Rodrigo Duterte is principally because of his designation as the commander in chief of the AFP under the 1987 Constitution.

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“If Mr. Duterte abrogates the Constitution to which all soldiers have sworn allegiance, then he ceases to be their commander in chief, and the military may then follow his constitutional successor, just like in Edsa Dos. Legally, Mr. Duterte will have no one to command in the military,” he said.

Carpio said Duterte will be committing “political hara kiri” should he declare a revolutionary government because such a move will automatically abrogate the Constitution.

The retired magistrate is of the opinion that if a revolutionary government is declared the Supreme Court will struck it down as unconstitutional, and both houses of Congress would not support since under the set up it will be non-existent.

“[T]he Philippine economy, which shrank 16.5 percent in the second quarter of this year because of the pandemic, will drop to the bottom once a revolutionary government is imposed. Foreign and local investors will swiftly take their money out of the country. It will be the worst nightmare coming true for the economic managers of Mr. Duterte,” Carpio added.



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