Drilon, Robredo, 'Les Mis' song sparked Duterte's 'revolution' remark — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte has had enough from his critics, including opposition leaders, supposedly plotting to unseat him through a "revolution" amid the pandemic, Malacañang said Monday.

During his briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque noted that long-standing criticisms from Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Franklin Drilon, and even a popular musical theater song hinting a "revolution", have collectively fuelled negative sentiments from Duterte during his address to the nation on Sunday.

"Sunud-sunod ang pagtawag ni Sen. Drilon na failure ang IATF, sinusugan iyan ni VP Leni Robredo, kasabay nung kumakalat na revolution song," Roque said.

[Translation: Sen. Drilon's consecutive comments that the Inter-Agency Task Force is a failure, along with remarks from VP Leni Robredo, then this circulating revolution song.]

"Ang Presidente, sabi niya, kung iyon talagang mga nanggugulo...nais magsamantala sa pandemic na gusto siyang palitan through a revolution, sige na po gawin na natin ngayon," he said.

[Translation: The President said that those who have been making threats...taking advantage of the pandemic by plotting to have him replaced through a revolution, then please let’s do it now.]

In a radio interview on Sunday, Roque made mention of the Filipino rendition of uprising anthem "Do You Hear the People Sing," a song from West End musical Les Miserables, performed by artists and celebrities in previous anti-government protests.

Roque then pointed back to the public appeal of the medical community to have a two-week timeout to refine pandemic medical strategies, a move which Duterte interpreted as their way of revolting against the government.

"Next time, huwag ninyo ako parinig-rinigin ng revolution. Eh kung mag rebolusyon kayo, you will give me free ticket to stage a counterrevolution," Duterte said Sunday.

[Translation: Next time, do not let me hear about revolution. If you mount one, you will give me a free ticket to stage a counterrevolution.]

Roque added that frontliners should have aired their sentiments directly to the President instead of letting him be the last person to know about their demands.

Philippine College of Physicians Vice President Dr. Maricar Limpin said that they were simply showing the government the true situation on the ground.

Meanwhile, Philippine Medical Association President Joseph Santiago said the medical community is openly cooperating with the government in its COVID-19 response.

Duterte has placed Metro Manila, the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal under MECQ from August 4 to 18, following the health workers' appeal.