Saturday, November 19, 2011

Revolutionary government can restore order in the Philippines according to top defense official

According to a Philippine Star report, the threat to national security in the Philippines could be grounds for President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to set up a "revolutionary government". Going further, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Zosimo Paredes said that...
[...] the President is empowered to declare “his own government.”

... when said security and order is "at stake".

Paredes cited this option as the "more convenient" one because unlike Martial Law, it does not require congressional approval.

Talk of extraordinary powers for Aquino's government follows talk of constitutional crises and political instability following Justice Secretary Leila De Lima's defiance of a court order issued by the Philippines' Supreme Court against a travel ban slapped by MalacaƱang on former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who requested that she be allowed to travel for medical treatment abroad.

De Lima's actions set a precedent that may result in prolonged damage to the check-and-balance dynamics of the Philippines' system of government which is modeled against that of the United States's.

The news site BBC.co.uk describes a situation where a "revolutionary government" may arise as such:
If a government is overthrown by force, the new ruling group is sometimes called a revolutionary government.

According to the same Philippine Star report, further speculation is also rife within the ranks of government and the military as to the loyalties of key military officers despite assurances that the chain of command will be followed.

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