With massive crowds expected to gather in various cities all over the Philippines on Thursday to rally for their opposing views on a revolutionary government, Fil-Am leaders are weighing in on the issue.
On the day that the country commemorates the 154th birthday of Andres Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonizers, supporters are urging president Rodrigo Duterte to establish a revolutionary government.
They say this would allow Duterte to fully contain a communist insurgency blamed for the killings of civilians.
But some are calling the plan dangerous.
Even Fil-Am community leaders have mixed views.
“I firmly believe that a declaration of a revolutionary government in the Philippines is necessary. The evils in society, such as corruption and illegal drugs, terrorism is so prevalent and only a declaration of a revolutionary government and the right president — in this case president Duterte — is necessary to cure those evils,” says Bong Aralar, Brotherhood for Duterte USA.
“Yung revolutionary government, it is a de facto martial law. And the story of martial law has never changed. It has always been marked by violence, by fake news, and more plundering,” said Ago Pedalizo, Filipino Americans for Human Rights Alliance. Magkakapatayan, magkakaroon ng mas maraming EJK.”