Arroyo urges public to believe Duterte on alleged ouster plot


Posted at Sep 26 2018 04:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with former President now House Speaker Gloria Arroyo who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. Ace Morandante, Malacanang Photo

MANILA- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo urged the public on Wednesday to believe President Rodrigo Duterte's claims on a supposed plot to unseat him.

Arroyo said the public should believe the President since he is "working from good information."

“Going from my experience as president, the president usually has access to information that not all of us have access to so if the President believes that there is a threat, he is working from good information. So, we should believe whatever (he says),” Arroyo told reporters.

Arroyo was president for 9 years, the longest term since the restoration of democracy in 1986. 

As president, she faced 2 ouster plots in 2003 and 2007. She survived both and went on to finish her term in 2010.

Duterte previously urged the public to watch out for his critics' supposed move to oust him, which he said will "go into a high gear" in October.

Military Assistant Deputy Chief for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade also made the same claim, saying a "broad" coalition of communist rebels were allegedly conspiring to have Duterte removed from office by October.

The Communist Party of the Philippines, however, has denied plotting Duterte's ouster and described the allegation as a "fictional plot." 

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, former President Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition leaders have also denied they are plotting to oust President Duterte. -- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News