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Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed readiness to become president following President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to declare a revolutionary government.

Robredo’s abogado, Romulo Macalintal, said she will become president in case Duterte declares a revolutionary government since it will be tantamount to divesting himself of the presidency.

Asked if she was ready to succeed Duterte, Robredo told reporters in Bohol Friday (April 5): “Iyong lahat naman na kumakandidato na pangalawang pangulo, dapat ready na, ready sa ganiyang eventuality, kasi iyon naman iyong mandato ng opisina.”

“Siguro hindi lang ako pero lahat na nangarap, lahat na kumandidato, lahat na sumubok, at lahat na umupo—mayroong ganiyang dapat na klaseng paghahanda, dahil iyon naman ang mandato ng aming opisina,” she added.

Duterte on Thursday (April 4) threatened to suspend the writ of habeas corpus and arrest all of his critics after some lawmakers urged the administration to tread carefully in reviewing the contracts that the government signed with foreign entities.

The President then warned that he would declare a “revolutionary war” if he were pushed to a corner, and topped it with a threat to declare a revolutionary government.

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