Robredo denies claim LP conniving with CPP to unseat Duterte
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that the opposition Liberal Party is working with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to remove him from power.
“We don’t have any connection with the Communist Party of the Philippines. We are not even talking. We all know the role of the CPP here…in society. They exist independently from any political party. There are beliefs that are not compatible,”Robredo said in Tagalog in her weekly radio show “BISErbisyong LENI” over RMN-DZXL 558.
Upon his arrival on Saturday at the Davao International Airport from Israel and Jordan, the President warned of a unified effort from three groups that allegedly connived to oust him by October.
“Tatlo yan, bantayan ninyo (Watch out for three groups). ‘Yang Yellow, Liberal (Party), (Senator Antonio) Trillanes, pati ang politburo (communists),” he said.
LP president and Senator Francis Pangilinan earlier debunked Duterte’s claim, noting that the government is “destabilizing itself” due to its incompetence and corruption.
Robredo also lamented that the administration—in an attempt to deflect the blame for its incompetencies—had always targeted LP as its “whipping boy.”
“Iyong Liberal… parating parang whipping boy—parating dinadahilan. Eh ‘di ba alam naman nila na halos wala nang natira sa partido? Lahat na lumipat sa kanila eh (The Liberal Party has always been a whipping boy. But they know that very few had stayed in the party. Majority have jumped ship [to the ruling party]),” she said.
“[K]apag pinag-usapan iyong Liberal Party—parang ano din ito, parang pagsisisi din kay Trump sa ekonomiya. Lahat na pagkukulang ng pamahalaan, isisisi sa Liberal Party. Tingin natin hindi naman tama iyon (It’s like blaming the US economy on Trump. The government’s inadequacies are being blamed on the Liberal party. That’s not right),” VP Leni said. /ee
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