Robredo: No truth in Duterte's claim of ouster plot by LP, Trillanes, communists

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — The Vice President has made it clear: her party has no plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

On her weekly radio show Sunday, Vice President Leni Robredo said, "[W]ala kaming koneksyon sa Communist Party of the Philippines, ni nag-usap, wala man lang kahit anong klaseng pag-uusap. Alam naman natin iyong parang role ng Communist Party of the Philippines dito... sa lipunan, sila nag-e-exist sila independently of any political party. Maraming paniniwala na hindi pareho."

[Translation: We have neither connection nor discussion with the Communist Party of the Philippines. We all know the Communist Party of the Philippines exists independently of any political party. There are a lot of beliefs that are not the same.]

The Vice President also said the LP has become the "whipping boy" of the administration.

"Iyong Liberal Party... parating parang whipping boy –parating dinadahilan... Lahat na pagkukulang ng pamahalaan, isisisi sa Liberal Party. Tingin natin hindi naman tama iyon," she said.

[Translation: The Liberal Party...has become the whipping boy – the scapegoat. All of the government's shortcomings are blamed on the Liberal party. We don't think that's fair.]

"Hindi perpekto iyong partido pero kahit kakaunti na lang, lalaban talaga sa hindi naman tama," she added.

[Translation: The party isn't perfect but even if our number is small, we will fight against what's not right.]

LP President Senator Kiko Pangilinan said talks of destabilization were of the government's own doing.

"The opposition does not have to do anything. On its own, either by its incompetence or corruption, the government is doing a good job of destabilizing itself," he said in a separate statement Sunday.

"The accusation of destabilization is downright false. It is ridiculous. Dissent is not destabilization. Every time scandals and controversies hound this administration, whether it be corruption issues or issues of incompetent governance, it blames the opposition," he added.

Their reactions come after Duterte said the LP, Trillanes, and the communists were moving to oust him from office.

"Yang yellow – Liberal, Trillanes, pati ang politburo," he said. '''Yang tatlong 'yan, bantayan ninyo. 'Yang mag-a-oust Duterte and it will go into a high gear October. Bantayan ninyo 'yan. 'Yang tatlo na 'yan, konektado lahat 'yan," he said Saturday after arriving from official visits to Israel and Jordan.

[Translation: The yellow -Liberal, Trillanes, even the communist party. Those three, watch out for them. Those behind the oust Duterte movement and it will go into a high gear in October. You watch out for those three, they're all linked.]