MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday slammed "yellow" supporters who joined the recent protest actions against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Although Duterte did not mention who the yellows were, he was most likely referring to Liberal Party members, which is associated with the color.
“Yung mga yellow diyan, nagde-demonstrate kayo . . . You want me out kasi you cannot accept defeat,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.
Duterte said the "yellows" might be plotting to install Vice President Leni Robredo if their supposed plan to oust him succeeds.
He added that they were fanning anti-Marcos sentiments to undermine him.
"Yung mga left they would never even allow me to step down . . . iyang mga komunista, iyang NPA (New People's Army), puro Duterte yan. Ito pulitika ito, they wanted me out, siyempre yung vice president. O di kayo. You had your chance,” he said.
Duterte made this remark following the resignation of Robredo as his housing secretary.
Robredo said she resigned because staying in the Cabinet was already "untenable." Duterte's order for her to "desist" from attending Cabinet meetings prompted her resignation.
Former interior secretary and defeated Liberal presidential bet Mar Roxas joined thousands of protesters at the November 30 rally at the People Power Monument.
Besides Roxas, other personalities affiliated with the past administration such as Senator Leila de Lima, former Social Welfare secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman, and former Education secretary Armin Luistro were also spotted in the event.