MANILA - Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Sunday accused cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas of "spreading lies" after the group criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to set up a revolutionary government.
Duterte said Friday that he would declare a revolutionary government, instead of seeking congressional approval for martial law, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilize his rule.
Tinding Pilipinas said on Saturday that only a "paranoid and insecure little man" would feel the need to issue such a threat.
"That's their opinion and we don't share it," Andanar said in a statement.
"We have been working closely with the President and we can assure you that his mind is sound," Andanar added.
"Tindig is spreading lies to push a selfish agenda but this will not weaken the resolve of the President to carry out what he promised to do," he continued.
Duterte has alleged the US Central Intelligence Agency was part of a plot to destabilize him, and warned he would jail all of his political opponents as well as leaders of communist rebels.