MARAWI CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is fed up with rumors and threats of a coup d’etat against his democratically-elected government. So he staged his own coup.
Garbed in full military gear, with his personal assistant Bong Go in tow, Duterte descended upon war-torn Marawi City to declare a revolutionary government that will replace his own in Manila’s Malacañang Palace.
Many pro-Duterte folks have long been clamoring to give Duterte revolutionary powers as a way to institute his reforms and campaign against illegal drugs and corruption.
Well, Duterte supporters got what they wanted, while the sprinkling of opposition politicians got the shock of their lives.
This was truly “shock and awe.”
Duterte’s coup practically abolishes Congress, the Supreme Court, the Commission on Human Rights, the Commission on Elections, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and puts Malacanang Palace in a total lockdown.
For a full video coverage of the coup — in the award-winning style of film director Brillante Mendoza — please visit Mocha Uson’s blog.