MANILA - Saying he has the people's mandate, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he was not afraid of an ouster plot - a supposed destabilization attempt he recently bared.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, Duterte said he was “sure” that there is a “collaborative effort” by “some” from the Left, the Magdalo group, and “yellows” or the opposition Liberal Party to destabilize his administration.
In various speeches and interviews, he has said these efforts may reach its peak by September 21, when the country marks the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, up to October.
“Sabi ko wala naman akong problema diyan (I said I have no problem there.) I was elected by the people, I’m not a squatter there, so eventually the military and the police will face the crisis, the dilemma. Now what happens next is anybody’s — your guess is as good as mine,” Duterte said in an interview after a command conference on typhoon preparations at Camp Aguinaldo.
Both communist leader Jose Maria Sison and the Magdalo group denied the alleged connivance to oust the President.
Vice President Leni Robredo, the titular head of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), said the party does not have the capability to mount such a move as its ranks have been decimated.
LP President Senator Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, said Duterte need not look further, as the government “is doing a good job at destabilizing itself” because of its “incompetence or corruption.”