Malacañang on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte indeed knew about the group of his supporters pushing for a revolutionary government, but did not support its cause.

A video showing Duterte attending an event of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD-NECC) recently made the rounds on social media.

Palace spokesman Harry Roque said mere attendance did not mean supporting a cause.

“[Duterte] is not in support of revolutionary government because obviously his is a constitutional government,” Roque said over CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Roque added that he did not see the group’s push for a revolutionary government as a threat. 

“I don’t see any clear and present danger. It is simply advocacy and in no position really to threaten the existence of the republic,” he said,

In 2017, Duterte said he would establish a revolutionary government if campaigns to destabilize the government continued, but remained mum on the matter since.

On Tuesday, Duterte denied involvement in MRRD-NECC’s campaign.

“Wala akong pakialam niyan, wala akong kilala na mga tao na ‘yan at hindi ko ‘yan trabaho,” he said in a public address.

Roque also released a statement saying the government was prioritizing the Covid-19 pandemic, not charter change. John Ezekiel J. Hirro