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PNP-CIDG to probe proponents of Duterte-led revolutionary gov't

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is set to investigate proponents of the controversial proposal to declare a Duterte-led revolutionary government.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, August 25, PNP chief General Archie Gamboa said he had ordered the CIDG to launch its probe, stressing that the PNP "has nothing to do" with the project.

"Political stunts such as this are ill-timed considering that we are in the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I have directed the CIDG to investigate the individuals behind it and to determine if there is any basis to file criminal charges leading to a possible arrest," Gamboa said.

Gamboa earlier confirmed that he was invited by the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) to a meeting over the proposal, but he apparently declined to meet with them.

Lawyers and lawmakers have said that declaring a revolutionary government would be illegal, as it calls for the abolition of the current government.

Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters on Tuesday that he "did not agree, much less share such calls" in his capacity as a lawyer and justice secretary.

However, the justice secretary shied away from making a categorical statement on whether the calls for a revolutionary government amounted to criminal acts, like inciting to sedition, or even a terroristic act under the broad definitions under the anti-terror law.

This leaves policemen and prosecutors without a clear guidance on how to craft and handle complaints against the proponents. – with a report from Lian Buan/Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

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