MALACAÑANG yesterday bared an alleged plot by the former ruling Liberal Party, administration critics, the Magdalo party-list and some media outlets to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte got hold of validated intelligence information on a “deliberate conspiracy” to discredit the administration and boost the candidacy of opposition senatorial bets in the May 13 midterm elections.
Panelo, who presented to the media a matrix showing a supposed conspiracy against the President, said the LP advocates are active on social media “dishing out” anti-Duterte statements.
Malacañang earlier backed reports on the supposed destabilization plot anchored on online videos alleging the involvement of the President’s family and his close associates in illegal drugs.
Named in the matrix were personalities from Vera Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, Rappler, and lawmakers Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate.
The PCIJ, VERA Files, Rappler, and the NUPL all strongly denied the alleged conspiracy to oust Duterte.
On Monday, Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be Bikoy who appeared in the video series “Ang Totoong Narcolist,” accused Duterte’s son Paolo, former aide Christopher “Bong” Go, and several others of involvement in the narcotics trade.
Earlier in the day, Senate President Vicente Sotto III disclosed that even before coming out as Bikoy, Advincula in 2016 had already linked former President Benigno Aquino III, former executive secretary Paquito Ochoa, former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Senator Leila de Lima to illegal drugs.