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VP Robredo’s FilAm allies in oust-Duterte plot?

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(Photo from the Official Facebook Page of VP Leni Robredo)

 

MANILA (via PhilAmPress) ―Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo and her Filipino American allies could be behind an alleged plot to destabilize and oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

This as so-called “Lenileaks” revealed the alleged ouster plots even as Malacanang dared Robredo to convince the public whether the so-called ‘Lenileaks’ are true or not.

 

Meanwhile, a US newspaper, Washington Times, indicated that the plot to remove Duterte was possible with recent developments on Duterte’s warming up with China and Russia and criticizing America.

 

Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag made this comment after Robredo assured that she has nothing to do with a move to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

"We will respect whatever the Vice President would claim and it’s up to her if there are photos or emails or leaks that came out" Banaag said.

 

"Then it’s up for her to convince the public if it is true that she has nothing to do or she is not coordinating with other groups in the US or other personalities in the Philippines about that," she added.

 

The hashtag “#lenileaks” has been trending on social media particularly on Twitter, alleging that the Office of the Vice President is part of a well-orchestrated, well-funded strategy to discredit President Duterte as well as losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.

 

Marcos is contesting his only more than 200,000 votes lost to Robredo in the last May 2016 vice presidential race.

 

Banaag said the demands of the groups asking for President Duterte to resign would not likely to happen considering the President is working hard to improve the lives of the more than 100 million Filipinos.

 

"The President has strong support from our countrymen," Banaag said.

 

Last week, the Pulse Asia came with a survey showing President Duterte enjoying an 83 percent approval and trust rating.

 

Banaag said she is not sure whether there is a need to investigate the ‘Lenileaks.’

 

The leaked emails, first posted by the “Thinking Pinoy” blog last week, showed alleged exchanges between members of the “Global Filipino Diaspora Council” (GFDC) including billionaire philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis and her sister, former Commission on Filipinos Overseas chairwoman Imelda “Mely” Nicolas, both Robredo supporters.

 

In one of the emails, dated December 4 or the day Robredo announced her resignation from the Duterte Cabinet, Lewis supposedly told GFDC members: “The only way to fight this evil plot to unseat VP Leni is to ask Duterte to resign. After all, he promised to resign in six months if he has not solved the drug epidemic in the Philippines.”

 

“He asked for an extension of another six months. Extension denied! Join Duterte Resign Movement,” the email said. It provided a link to a change.org petition calling on the President to quit.

 

Another leaked email, supposedly from lawyer Ted Laguatan, claimed protests against Duterte were gaining ground. The email was dated November 21 or amid protests against the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.

 

“This plan is going even better than I expected. We, on our part outside the Philippines are doing our part in holding rallies everywhere,” it said.

 

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