Complaints eyed vs. RevGov movement? Up to PNP, DOJ to investigate — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26)— Malacañang on Wednesday said it respects the Philippine National Police’s plan to launch a probe on the groups and individuals behind the controversial “revolutionary government” movement.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said it would be up to the police and the Justice Department to look into the case— and even to determine possible violations of the concerned parties.

“That’s the discretion of the police authorities and we respect that,” Roque told The Source, when asked if the Palace supports PNP’s order for an investigation.

“In fact, whether or not it’s inciting to sedition or not is really the realm of the police and prosecutors from the DOJ,” he added.

Roque, however, said he personally does not see “clear and present danger” in the group’s push for a change in government.

Last week, the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee launched an event to express support for a Duterte-led revolutionary government— which the group said will help fast-track the establishment of federalism before Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

However, officials and netizens have slammed the political stunt, saying it is “ill-timed” especially with the country battling the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawyers’ group also said the proposal should be prohibited to progress further, as it is not supported by the 1987 Constitution itself.

Malacañang had said that Duterte does not support the said movement, stressing that the government prioritizes the current health crisis.

Duterte— in a speech aired on Tuesday— likewise denied ties to the group.

“"Wala akong pakialam diyan, wala akong kilala sa mga tao na 'yan, at hindi ko iyan trabaho," the President said. ([Translation: I do not care about that. I know no one from the group and that is not part of my job.])

There are still no moves to tackle constitutional amendments in the Senate and House of Representatives so far, after lawmakers noted that they need to focus on the government's battle against the viral disease.