DID YOU HEAR about that “RevGov rally” that took place on November 7 at the Quezon Memorial Circle?
Vivian Velez and her Network Revolution made a call on social media for the DDS to converge at the grandstand at 2 pm. There would be a short program after which they would form a human chain around the Circle. Sugod mga DDS shouted their meme; Photo Ops Available. It would’ve been awesome if they’d been able to pull it off. As it was, only enough showed up to “occupy an acacia tree” (as an eyewitness reported). Poor Tatang in the photo above showed up with his “Power to the People” badge and was evidently confused to see no people there.
That (non-)event was said to be the “opening salvo” for a bigger mobilization that is set for November 30. This is supposed to be the culmination of NetRev’s nationwide campaign to stir mass support for a revolutionary government. The NetRev folks are impatient. They cannot wait 4 years and 8 months for Federalism to take root. They cannot bide the tedious process of a ConAss or ConCon. They cannot respect a Constitution they aim to junk. They want RevGov NOW NA!
That’s beginning to sound a lot like sedition.
Or inciting it, at least.
Art. 139 of the Revised Penal Code defines the crime of sedition in this way:
It may be argued that, based on NetRev’s published exhortations, they are aiming for Nos. 1 and 2 and that they are already guilty of Nos. 3 and 4 (you should see their social media posts). If they manage to storm Malacañang and the regional centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as planned, they just may accomplish No. 5. However, it looks like their actions at this point may better be described as inciting to sedition, defined thus:
Let’s skip over the ridiculous fact that the NetRev folks are calling on Rodrigo Duterte to revolt against his own government. No, let me rephrase that. That they are calling on him to receive the gift of a revolution by people who purportedly want genuine change, and who believe that this change cannot possibly be legally achieved by this government. Which is led by Rodrigo Duterte. Silliness is not a mitigating circumstance in this crime, I’m afraid, and all those actively, militantly, physically responding to the call for revgov now na! are putting themselves seriously at risk.
First among their stated goals is the demolition of the 1987 Constitution. Let’s imagine they succeed. That would have the effect of freezing all constitutional agencies, thus preventing the national government and its duly-elected and appointed officers from performing their mandated duties. Should Duterte accept this “gift,” he would be in violation of the Constitution and subject to arrest by our security forces. Leni Robredo would then legally succeed him as president. If he rejects it, he would be jobless, in which case NetRev would’ve failed in their true objective of making him king.
I can’t help but think about who’s egging these people on. Who has enough funds to bankroll provincial sorties in hotel function rooms and events venues? Who has the existing machinery to tap regional networks and organize the grassroots? Who has the pull to bring together such discrete elements as the Guardians, Nilo Tayag, and (don’t dis them!) the Sta. Cruz Sidewalk Vendors Association?
I know what you’re thinking. I’m thinking it too.
In my view, this revgov bid is a malicious, egomaniacal, rapacious usurpation of power. It is the method of the mediocre. It is the trump card of the mendacious. It is the venal last resort of has-been trapos whose sins require such monumental chicanery to conceal.
Let’s not give them too much thought. I only dwelt on the revgov instigators for one reason, and that is to consider their culpability. If they are indictable, they just may drag Duterte down with them. After all, he incited the inciters. He has been talking about setting up a revolutionary government since the campaign. In fact, he promised it. It may be the only promise he will ever fulfill – but maybe not.
The AFP and DND recently stated they would not support a revolutionary government. In his typically savvy way, Duterte backpedaled and said neither would he. The NetRev are undaunted. They relentlessly push on toward the 30th when the glorious revolution of the people is set to unfold. They want to make radical changes that will remould this country into the shape of their yearning. Ultimately, what they will likely do is make themselves liable.
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.
Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
“Is this the man who shook the earth
and made kingdoms tremble,
the man who made the world a wilderness,
who overthrew its cities
and would not let his captives go home?”