MANILA- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo rallied support for President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday amid reports of an alleged plot to oust him by next month.
Arroyo called on Filipinos to give Duterte a chance to solve the country's pressing problems.
"The President has been president for 2 years, let’s support him and give him a chance,” Arroyo told reporters on the sidelines of the 108th birth anniversary of her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal.
"Bigyan natin siya ng pagkakataon na masolusyunan yung mga sinisikap niyang masolusyonan,” she added.
(Let's give him a chance to solve the problems he is trying to solve.)
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. The said ouster plot was also confirmed by the military.
Earlier this week, Arroyo said the public should believe Duterte on reports of an alleged ouster plot 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 said.
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.
Arroyo, however, refused to give Duterte advice on how to handle destabilization efforts, noting that the latter was his adviser on law and order when she was president.
“President Duterte knows what he's doing. The last thing he needs is a comment from the peanut gallery," she said.
"Noon ako nga may destabilization, si President Duterte nga ang tumutulong sa akin eh. Alam niya kung ano ang gagawin niya so I wouldn't want to add to the unsolicited advice to him,” she added.
(When I faced destabilization efforts, President Duterte was the one who helped me. He knows what he's doing so I wouldn't want to add to the unsolicited advice to him.)