In a departure from his regular warning of imminent destabilization plots, President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (March 19) stated he’s cool to going after those that unfold such rumors.

Facing Filipino reporters throughout his state go to to Myanmar, Duterte stated it’s anyone’s proper to criticize him.

“In the matter of going after them, it has not reached that level of violence, destabilization. It’s more of publicity. And for as long as it is really a peaceful exercise of the freedom of speech and freedom of the press, there’s nothing I can do about it,” he stated.

Duterte, nonetheless, stated it’s a totally different story when violence erupts as a result of of rumors of destabilization.

“Pagka ginulo nila ang bayan, just like what is happening in Mindanao… If it goes out of hand and children are already targeted for killings, ibang istorya na iyan. But as far as just being criticized, I would allow them,” he stated.

Malacañang earlier accused Vice President Leni Robredo of being utilized by these planning to unseat Duterte after she criticized the federal government’s warfare on medicine in a video message for a gathering of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.