Duterte oust plot shows how admin is ‘paranoid’—solon
An alleged plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte being attributed to Vice President Leni Robredo shows how “twisted and paranoid” this administration has become, an opposition lawmaker said.
“’LeniLeaks’ again show us how twisted and paranoid the demigods under the Duterte administration have become,” Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said in a statement on Monday.
Villarin, an ally of Robredo, criticized the administration for spreading “hateful rumors” only to cover up their own fears.
“Why burden the public with hateful rumors? What good will it bring to put down a good person except to assuage their own fears and insecurities,” Villarin said.
Villarin appealed to the administration to call for unity of principle and decency during the new year.
“Let the new year be a chance for our country to be united along principles of decency and tolerance, not drown by lies and deceit,” Villarin said.
Robredo became a subject of online backlash after her rabid online critics and trolls on Facebook spread screenshots of supposed emails from Robredo’s known supporters calling for Duterte’s resignation and protests against the President’s support for a hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Another viral post showed an email from the Office of the Vice President’s social media unit urging its trolls to launch a counteroffensive against Duterte; social media personalities who were Robredo’s rabid critics; and defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos, who filed an electoral protest against Robredo.
The trolls dubbed the viral posts “#LeniLeaks.”
While the Office of the Vice President has not yet issued a statement, Robredo denied being part of any ouster moves against Duterte.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he has asked National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. to investigate the alleged ouster plot.
Robredo resigned from the Cabinet after she was ordered by Duterte to desist from attending Cabinet meetings due to irreconcilable differences.
Duterte later said he asked Robredo to stop attending the meetings owing to allegations that she has joined protests against him, an accusation the vice president vehemently denied.
Robredo has criticized Duterte’s support for the burial of the dictator Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, as well as the administration’s bloody war on drugs, which has claimed over 6,000 lives. JE/rga
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