MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes and several other lawmakers on Sunday said President Rodrigo Duterte's claim of a plot to remove him from office was a product of paranoia.
Duterte on Saturday said Trillanes was conspiring with the Liberal Party and communist rebels to oust him, and that the plan "will go into a high gear" in October.
"Guni-guni n'ya iyan sa kaniyang utak kasi paranoid na siya," Trillanes said in a brief chat with reporters.
(That is a hallucination because he's already paranoid.)
The LP urged the President to focus on rising food prices and job creation instead of lobbing "baseless" allegations against the opposition.
Party-list representatives Tom Villarin of Akbayan and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela echoed this sentiment in separate statements.
Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, meanwhile, urged the President to do his job instead of worrying over supposed ouster moves.
"Kapraningan lamang iyun.. If you are confident with your governance, if you are confident with the Armed Forces, the PNP and the democracy, h'wag kang mag-alala dahil hindi ka matatanggal. Gawin mo 'yung trabaho mo," he said.
(That just paranoia... If you are confident with your governance, if you are confident with the Armed Forces, the PNP and the democracy, don't worry, you won't be booted out. Just do your job.)