The Liberal Party (LP) denied on Saturday that Vice President Leni Robredo was concerned in an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. The President’s allies, the get together added, had been those who had been destabilizing the administration by spreading lies in opposition to the nation’s second highest official.
“They should stop destabilizing the administration and focus instead on the gargantuan tasks of delivering on its campaign promises such as end ‘endo’ and create jobs, finish the traffic nightmare and ease commuters’ lives, and stop corruption and move the country forward, among others,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan, LP president, mentioned.
Pangilinan mentioned Duterte himself had cleared Robredo of any function in an alleged destabilization plot.
“The President’s allies should take this cue from him and refrain from sowing lies, as this is infecting the nation instead of uniting us,” Pangilinan mentioned.
On Monday, Duterte accused mining corporations against Environment Secretary Gina Lopez of funding a supposed destabilization plot by making him “unpopular.” But he shortly added: “I’m not saying Leni is involved. I don’t want to drag her name.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has mentioned there was no destabilization plot in opposition to the administration, saying criticisms in opposition to the administration did not quantity to an ouster scheme.
On Friday, the President’s allies on Friday accused Robredo being concerned in strikes to oust the President. They cited her video message to the United Nations the place she criticized the President’s bloody struggle on medication.
The video was made public on Wednesday, the day earlier than Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment criticism in opposition to Duterte.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez linked Robredo to the impeachment bid. Alejano has mentioned she had no function within the criticism.
Also on Friday, presidential spokersperson Ernesto Abella mentioned Robredo was in “a pathetic state of affairs.” He famous that the timing of the discharge of her video and the submitting of the impeachment criticism in opposition to the President appeared “too neat to be written off as mere coincidence.”
In a press release, the LP mentioned claims linking Robredo to an ouster plot had been “baseless, orchestrated lies that only harm the country.”
Pangilinan cited the so-called “NagaLeaks,” an internet exposé claiming that Robredo’s late husband, Jesse Robredo, who had served as inside secretary and Naga City mayor, had profited from jueteng and unlawful medication.
“It is the same thing they did to (Sen.) Leila (de Lima) – demonize and vilify with baseless accusations,” Pangilinan mentioned.
De Lima, a vocal critic of the President, is now detained on non-bailable drug charges. She has repeatedly denied hyperlinks to the drug commerce, saying the instances in opposition to her had been a kind of revenge by Duterte, whom she had accused of instigating extrajudicial killings in his struggle on medication.
Duterte had appointed Robredo to take charge of housing however later banned her from Cabinet conferences, prompting her to resign in December.
The Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet), organizer of the UN occasion the place Robredo’s video message was proven, mentioned the Vice President had nothing to do with the scheduling and did she make any request “as to timing or any other matters.”
In the video proven throughout a facet session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs held in Vienna, Austria, earlier within the week, Robredo mentioned Filipinos had develop into “hopeless and helpless” within the face of the killings below the President’s brutal struggle on medication.
“I saw in Philippines news sources that the Speaker of the House has threatened to hold an impeachment vote against Vice President Robredo, and has charged that she timed the release of the video to coincide with an impeachment motion that was filed against Pres. Duterte the next day,” David Borden, DRCNet govt director, mentioned.
“We released it a few days before the session as a media strategy to draw attention to President Duterte’s atrocities,” he mentioned in a press release. /atm