(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. 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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