- Senator Franklin Drilon denies Robredo’s link to alleged plot to unseat Duterte
- Drilon called the ‘Oust Duterte’ plot a ‘crap’
- He also advised the executive department against basing their decisions on social media
MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon has vehemently denied that supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo are the ones behind the supposed plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from Malacañang.
Drilon’s statement came after a pro-Duterte blogger exposed ‘leaked’ emails’ from a Yahoo group calling itself “Global Filipino Diaspora Council” (GFDC) who have been supposedly exchanging emails about its alleged plan to unseat Duterte.
But Drilon said these controversies are nothing but ‘crap’ and assured the public that such plan was farthest from the Vice President’s mind.
“This is all crap,” said the former Senate President. “No, I haven’t talked to her but I can assure you that this alleged plot is farthest from the mind of VP Leni.”
Drilon and Robredo are both Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts who have been critical of some of Duterte’s policies and decisions including the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, issues on alleged extra-judicial killings and the reinstatement of death penalty.
“There is no such thing, I can assure our people,” reiterated Drilon.
Earlier, Robredo has already denied any involvement to the alleged ‘Oust Duterte’ plot; saying the President may have been ‘misinformed’.
The Vice President said her criticism of Duterte does not necessarily mean she is calling for his ouster.
“Ang sa akin po, ang ‘pag-criticize ko ang pagnanais noon, na pakinggan tayo ng ating Pangulo tungkol sa mga bagay na we feel so strongly about, gaya ng extrajudicial killings. Pero iyong ‘pag-criticize kasi pagpuna, hindi iyon tantamount to tanggalin siya,” Robredo stressed.
[For me, my criticism of the President is only for him to listen to matters we feel strongly about, like the extrajudicial killings. But my criticism is not tantamount to calling for his ouster.]
Meanwhile, Drilon advised the executive department “to exercise extreme care in basing their decisions on social media” especially on the issue of alleged ‘ouster plots’; saying if any such plan exists, it should never be found on social media, in the first place.