‘Dictator’ Duterte facing coup rumors in Philippines

(From AFP)

Anti-establishment Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte’s rollicking ride to presidential favouritism has triggered warnings of a coup should he win next week’s election, with opponents branding him a dictator in the making.

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Sonny Trillanes IV arrives at the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) Julia Vargas branch in Pasig City on Monday

Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV (second right) says Duterte will be removed from office the moment he tries to declare a revolutionary government

The Philippines has endured a tumultuous democracy since millions of people took to the streets to overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, with a succession of leaders having to quell military unrest and one president ousted in another uprising.

Duterte is enjoying a double-digit lead over his rivals ahead of Monday’s presidential election, but he has created enemies with vows to embrace communist rebels and threats to abolish Congress or create a revolutionary government 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,” Senator Antonio Trillanes, a former navy officer famous for leading failed military uprisings in 2003 and 2007, said on Wednesday. “This guy has no respect for democratic institutions.” Read More



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