MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said there is no credible plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
AFP Public Affairs chief Colonel Noel Detoyato said while plans of possibly ousting Duterte was always present, they ruled out any credible plot, as what was said in an alleged “Oust Duterte matrix.”
“There is always that possibility about groups wanting to oust him, but as of now, we have not seen any specific threats likely to succeed to oust the President,” Detoyato said.
PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde said they don’t have specific evidence of the plot.
“As of this time, we don’t have specific evidence on that,” Albayalde said. “But the police will always be on their toes, regardless of whether there is an ouster plot or not.”
The statements from AFP and PNP were in response to an article published by the Manila Times on Monday that some media organizations and groups are plotting to ouster the President by publishing the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” serialized videos linking the First Family to the illegal drug trade.
Presidential daughter Davao City mayor Sara Duterte said she is unsure of the concerted effort to oust the President.
“Hindi ko alam kung concerted ‘yung effort, but let’s give the media entity the benefit of the doubt, kung ano sa tingin nila ang dapat na ibalita o karapat-dapat na isulat sa mga tao,” said Duterte-Carpio. /PN