Duterte ‘not interested’ in filing charges vs alleged ‘matrix’ plotters

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Posted at May 09 2019 01:17 AM | Updated as of May 09 2019 03:35 AM

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President Duterte doesn't plan to charge alleged conspirators who want to overthrow his administration. Joey Dalumpines, Presidential Photo

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — President Rodrigo Duterte doesn't plan to charge alleged conspirators who want to overthrow his administration.

"I'm not interested to file cases," he said late Wednesday during a campaign rally in Garcia-Hernandez town, Bohol, where his former Cabinet secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. is running for governor in the May 13 polls.

Malacañang released Wednesday a new diagram accusing the Liberal Party and the Magdalo group of plotting to oust Duterte. It earlier released a so-called matrix alleging journalists and lawyers are involved in a destabilization plot.

In his nearly 2-hour speech, Duterte claimed the information, dismissed by those accused for lack of concrete evidence, came from a foreign intelligence community.

"Sabagay mogawas ang tinuod," he said. (The truth will come out.)

Malacañang claimed there was a coordinated effort by the Liberal Party to discredit the administration and boost the candidacy of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates.

"Kaning mga elitista, karon ilang Otso, naghimo'g black propaganda ug gipagawas nako... Tan-awa moduwa, hugaw kaayo," Duterte said.

(The elites, the Otso [Diretso], made a black propaganda and I released it . . . They play dirty.)

The LP has dismissed the claim, saying it is fabricated.

The President also accused the Magdalo group of being behind the viral videos, dubbed "Ang Totoong Narco-list," linking his family to the narcotics trade.

"Magdalo 'yun, Magdalo production, si Trillanes," Duterte said.

"Kita ka mosulti, lingo sundalo 'yan eh, sinuplado na pagka-istorya. (He speaks in military lingo . . . sounds like a snob.)

Journalists tagged in the supposed ouster plot said the release of the matrix could be a basis of a crackdown against news media critical of the Duterte administration, which the Palace has denied. - with a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News