MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Vice President Leni Robredo has denied claims that she was conniving with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Peter Advincula, who claimed to be "Bikoy," a hooded figure in a series of viral web videos, earlier said Trillanes wanted Robredo to replace Duterte as president before June 30, 2019 so that the Magdalo lawmaker can be appointed as vice president.
Robredo said she met with Trillanes several times during the campaign period but only to discuss opposition slate Otso Diretso's senatorial bid, and not to plot Duterte's ouster.
"Pumunta siya dito sa opisina. Ang purpose niya sa pagpunta is to present the internal survey ng Magdalo para magamit 'yung survey sa pag-strategize sa campaign," Robredo said in a press conference Thursday.
(He visited the office to present an internal Magdalo survey, which we planned to use to help the Otso Diretso campaign.)
"Other than that, in all of our meetings, walang mention about destabilization, walang mention ng pagpapabagsak sa gobyerno, walang mention kay Bikoy, lahat ng usapan tungkol sa kampaniya," she said.
(There was no mention of destabilization, no mention of toppling the government, not even a mention of Bikoy. Everything was about the campaign.)
Robredo noted that she has been tagged in destabilization plots since 2016, but emphasized that she would never take part in such attempts.
"I will never be part of any destabilization," she said.
"'Yung pagpasok sa presidency ay destiny iyon. Hindi siya naplaplano, hindi siya naploplot. Waste of time para pabagsakin yung administrasyon at sa tingin ko subversion yun sa will ng mamamayan," she said.
(Landing the presidency is a destiny. It cannot be planned, cannot be plotted. It is a waste of time to topple an administration and I think that is a subversion of the people's will.)
"Handa akong humarap sa kahit anong imbestigasyon dahil panatag yung loob ko sa katotohanan," she said.
(I am ready to face any probe because I am confident, that I am telling the truth.)
"Kung ito ay harassment, kung ito ay ginagawang paraan para lalong yurakan at tapakan kaming mga nasa oposisyon, gusto ko lang sabihin na hindi ito magiging dahilan para huminto tayo, para tumigil tayo sa pag pupuna kung may kailangan punahin," she said.
(If this is harassment, if this is their way to crush the opposition, I would just like to say that I am unfazed, and we will continue to watch this government.)
'NO POLITICAL MEETINGS IN ATENEO'
Robredo debunked Advincula's claims that she dropped by one of the production meetings for the "Ang Totoong Narcolist" held at the Ateneo de Manila University.
"Tiningnan ko lahat ng meeting ko sa Ateneo. Una, wala namang Otso Diretso meeting na ginawa sa Ateneo," Robredo said.
(I checked all my meetings in Ateneo. There were no Otso Diretso meetings in Ateneo.)
"Walang any political meeting o event na nangyari sa Ateneo," she said.
(There were no political meetings or events in Ateneo.)
In a statement, Ateneo president Fr. Jose Villarin said the university "did not convene or organize any of the meetings," as claimed by Advincula.
"The university categorically denies insinuations made this morning that it is party to a plot to overthrow the present government of the Republic of the Philippines," he said.
"It reserves all of its rights to seek redress for any damages which may be wrought by such reckless claim and takes seriously the imperative to uphold the rule of law in our democracy. "
Robredo also hit Advincula's flip-flopping statements since he surfaced earlier this month.
"Siya ay bayaran, siya ay ginagamit para maghasik ng kasinungalingan... Sigurado akong sinungaling siya kasi sinabi niya na nag-kita kami pero ni anino niya hindi ko nakita," Robredo said.
(He's has been paid to peddle lies. I am sure he is a liar because he was claiming that we already met but I didn't see even his shadow.)
"Ang hindi ko maintindihan, nung lumabas ang videos na yun, shinoot down na agad ang credibility pero ngayon na oposisyon naman yung inaakusahan niya, all of a sudden credible na siya ulit?" she said.
(What I don't understand is when those videos came out, he was attacked for being not credible. Now that he is against us, he is suddenly credible.)
Robredo said her legal team is looking into possibilities of filing charges against Advincula.