Duterte says 'sympathetic' foreign country spying on his critics

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2018 05:10 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revived his claim that a foreign country “sympathetic” to him has supplied information on his critics.

Duterte said his critics such as communist leader Jose Maria Sison, the Magdalo group, and those who have been rejecting him since the May 2016 elections “have combined" in supposed destabilization efforts. 

“I have the evidence. I have the conversation provided by a foreign country sympathetic to us. We don’t have that sophistication,” he said without naming his source. 

“Any day now, I asked that it be declassified at ipakita nila sa lahat (that it be shown to everyone).”

This is not the first time that Duterte claimed that a foreign country has given him information about his critics.

He previously said that a foreign country provided him supposed tapped conversations of detained Senator Leila de Lima, which supposedly proved the latter’s involvement in the drug trade.

This prompted De Lima to file a petition for writ of habeas data before the Supreme Court.

De Lima, a fierce administration critic, has been detained since February last year over drug charges, which she decried as political persecution.