Duterte win could trigger coup in the Philippines

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Duterte_armyPhilippine presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte could possibly be faced with a coup d’etat in case he wins the May 9 election, opponents have warned. They also accused him of corruption.

The mayor of Davao, who by far leads the latest opinion polls in a political climate of frustration over stubborn poverty, corruption and crime in the country, provoked segments of the ruling elite and the army with plans to abolish Congress after he became president and install a “revolutionary government” with the help of communist fractions that could rewrite the Constitution.

“The moment he tries to declare a revolutionary government, that is also going to be the day he will be removed from office,” said Senator Antonio Trillanes, a former navy officer who lead failed military uprisings in 2003 and 2007.

Trillanes said that some in the military were “strongly averse” to Duterte’s long-standing ties with communists, and that a coup was “very likely”.

“This guy has no respect for democratic institutions,” he added.

Ashley Acedillo, another coup plotter-turned-lawmaker, also said a “military intervention” was likely under a Duterte presidency.

“The armed forces will stand true to its constitutional duty to protect the people and the state,” he said.

Duterte has in fact vowed to offer communist leaders posts in his government. He has also raised fears about set himself above the rule of law under his presidency, promising to kill tens of thousands of criminals, pardon himself for mass murder and become the Philippines new dictator, in the worst case in tandem with a vice president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late authoritarian ruler Ferdinand Marcos.

Incumbent president Benigno Aquino III is also cautious of Duterte.

“Now that we are free, people who act like dictators are the ones in the lead,” he said on May 4 as he warned “the gains of democracy are in jeopardy.”

President Aquino’s father Benigno S. Aquino Jr, a longtime opponent of Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in 1983 in opaque circumstances, but allegedly on Marcos’ orders.

It has also emerged that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a complaint against Duterte, alleging he charged salaries for 11,000 non-existent government employees. The corruption complaint follows Trillanes’ release of leaked documents allegedly showing that Duterte in 2014 amassed huge sums of undeclared money from graft activities, more than 200 million pesos ($4.2 million),in a bank account, that he failed to declare publicly as required by law.

Duterte denied the allegation. His official 2015 wealth declaration shows a net worth, including real estate, of around 23.5 million pesos ($493,500), still substantially more than each of the other presidential candidates.

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Philippine presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte could possibly be faced with a coup d’etat in case he wins the May 9 election, opponents have warned. They also accused him of corruption.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Duterte_armyPhilippine presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte could possibly be faced with a coup d’etat in case he wins the May 9 election, opponents have warned. They also accused him of corruption.

The mayor of Davao, who by far leads the latest opinion polls in a political climate of frustration over stubborn poverty, corruption and crime in the country, provoked segments of the ruling elite and the army with plans to abolish Congress after he became president and install a “revolutionary government” with the help of communist fractions that could rewrite the Constitution.

“The moment he tries to declare a revolutionary government, that is also going to be the day he will be removed from office,” said Senator Antonio Trillanes, a former navy officer who lead failed military uprisings in 2003 and 2007.

Trillanes said that some in the military were “strongly averse” to Duterte’s long-standing ties with communists, and that a coup was “very likely”.

“This guy has no respect for democratic institutions,” he added.

Ashley Acedillo, another coup plotter-turned-lawmaker, also said a “military intervention” was likely under a Duterte presidency.

“The armed forces will stand true to its constitutional duty to protect the people and the state,” he said.

Duterte has in fact vowed to offer communist leaders posts in his government. He has also raised fears about set himself above the rule of law under his presidency, promising to kill tens of thousands of criminals, pardon himself for mass murder and become the Philippines new dictator, in the worst case in tandem with a vice president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late authoritarian ruler Ferdinand Marcos.

Incumbent president Benigno Aquino III is also cautious of Duterte.

“Now that we are free, people who act like dictators are the ones in the lead,” he said on May 4 as he warned “the gains of democracy are in jeopardy.”

President Aquino’s father Benigno S. Aquino Jr, a longtime opponent of Ferdinand Marcos, was assassinated in 1983 in opaque circumstances, but allegedly on Marcos’ orders.

It has also emerged that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a complaint against Duterte, alleging he charged salaries for 11,000 non-existent government employees. The corruption complaint follows Trillanes’ release of leaked documents allegedly showing that Duterte in 2014 amassed huge sums of undeclared money from graft activities, more than 200 million pesos ($4.2 million),in a bank account, that he failed to declare publicly as required by law.

Duterte denied the allegation. His official 2015 wealth declaration shows a net worth, including real estate, of around 23.5 million pesos ($493,500), still substantially more than each of the other presidential candidates.

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