Sara Duterte says destabilization threats 'as real as terrorism'

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Posted at Oct 15 2017 08:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2017 09:30 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, eldest daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is pictured at her office in Davao city in southern Philippines, August 4, 2017. Picture taken August 4, 2017. Lean Daval Jr, Reuters

MANILA- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Sunday said the claims of destabilization efforts made by his father President Rodrigo Duterte are "as real as terrorism" with information allegedly coming from intelligence reports.

Duterte-Carpio's defense of her father comes after the remarks of cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas, which blasted the President for threatening to set up a revolutionary government, saying only a "paranoid and insecure little man" would feel the need to do so.

"Of course he is not [paranoid]... All his destabilization claims are from intel reports and reliable sources from inside the offices of the people identified with the opposition," the mayor said.

"The threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism," she added.

The President last Friday said he would declare a revolutionary government, instead of seeking congressional approval for martial law, if communists and other opponents tried to destabilize his rule, earning the ire of Tindig Pilipinas.

Duterte-Carpio defended her father from allegations that he is paranoid and insecure, saying nothing can make the elder Duterte feel so since he is already the president.

"How can he feel insecure when he is the president? When you are the president, there is nothing that will make you feel insecure, not survey results or a person like (Senator Antonio) Trillanes or a power-hungry group called Tindig Pilipinas," she said.

"Power grabbers have made their point, made their presence felt, caught our attention, and we know who they are," she added.