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Wrong timing or inciting sedition? Celebrities react to calls for revolutionary government

The weekend of Ninoy Aquino, Jr.’s death anniversary had something interesting to say the least.

It barely flew under the radar for two days, but it didn’t go unnoticed.

Calls for a revolutionary government from the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change shook up social media over the weekend.

Netizens, actors, journalists, and even President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies shunned the push for the President to establish a revolutionary government.

The most alarming piece of information we’ve seen, however, is the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Executive Coordinating Committee’s (MRRD-NECC) request to meet with PNP chief Archie Gamboa five days prior to their assembly in Clark, Pampanga.

Why is this alarming?

Because the act, as pointed out by lawyers and some of the President’s allies, is tantamount to inciting sedition. Gamboa has said he received the invitation in an interview with CNN on August 21. However, as the PNP chief, shouldn’t he have acted on it?

In a report, MRRD-NECC Revolutionary Government Committee head Bobby Brillante said he also invited AFP Chief Lt. Gen. Gilberto Gapay and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to a meeting.

There were those that called for the arrest of the members of the MRRD-NECC—including Senator Joel Villanueva and COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

Some, like actor Jaime Fabregas, called out the Palace for saying “it is their right as private citizens”.

Pia Magalona even offered a definition of sedition for Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

Vice President Leni Robredo called the proposal a joke, while Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez called out officials for being timid with their response.

For those not familiar, the MRRD-NECC is the same group that urged Duterte to run for president in 2016. They launched the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change last July 25 at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan and gathered to sign a manifesto at Clark, Pampanga, on August 22.

From there, the coalition “plans to conduct activities nationwide as a build-up campaign” to their march towards Malacañang, declare a revolutionary government, and appeal to the President to lead said government until the end of 2021.

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