Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz on Thursday criticized her inclusion in a diagram — or so-called matrix — of personalities whom Malacañang is accusing of taking part in a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a video posted on Facebook, Diaz said she is far too busy preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be part of any political plot against the President. She noted that she is in the top 5 of the first qualifiers for the Olympics.
"Ha? Anong matrix? Ano 'yun? Wala akong alam kung anoman 'yun. At di ko alam kung sino 'yun, ano nga pangalan nun. Di ko alam kung sino nili-link niyo sa akin," she said.
"Ako as an athlete, sobrang busy po ako. Wala po akong time para sa anong sinasabi niyo...Ang dami ko pang dapat laruin, ang dami ko pang dapat ayusing technique sa training. Sobrang busy, sobrang focused ako sa goal ko."
"Sana wag po kayong ganun na idadawit niyo ang pangalan ng isang tao na sobrang busy at sobrang sinasakripisyo ang lahat para sa Pilipinas, ginagawa ang lahat para irepresenta ang Pilipinas sa weightlifting sa Philippine sports and suddenly ilalagay lang ang pangalan sa isang matrix na walang basehan."
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo earlier released a new diagram of alleged personalities linked to an ouster plot against the President, saying the information came from Duterte himself.
Some political personalities tagged by Panelo to the supposed conspiracy are Otso Diretso senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Mar Roxas, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Edwin Lacierda, who served as spokesman of former president Benigno Aquino III.
Communist leader Jose Maria Sison, Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, and television host Gretchen Ho were also linked to the alleged conspiracy.
Many of those included in the new diagrams slammed the Palace's release of new matrices for tagging alleged destabilization plotters "without really going through validation process."
Ho, an ABS-CBN News TV host, said she was surprised that she was included in the diagram after meeting the President at a dinner in Malacañang last Tuesday.
She noted she is mainly involved in lifestyle and sports, and thus hasn’t produced any report or feature that could be deemed “destabilizing,” or critical of the administration.
“Hindi ko rin maintindihan. Hindi ko alam kung saan nanggagaling. Hindi naman ganu’n kakapal ang mukha ko na kamayan ang presidente tapos meron na pala akong plano to destabilize," she said.