MALACAÑANG yesterday confirmed the “Oust-Duterte” plot which links media organizations and journalists to destabilization efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.
“The source of that (matrix) is from the Office of the President, from the President himself. I don’t know how he got one, but it’s coming from the President,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
The media groups tagged as destabilizers were Vera Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and Rappler.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) was also included in the matrix.
As this developed, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday said they are not discounting the possibility that there is a looming destabilization plot against Duterte citing as an example the series of anti-government videos released by one ‘Bikoy.’
Speaking before Camp Crame newsmen, the PNP chief said that while there is no evidence of a destabilization plot “as of this time,” the fact that the President and his family and closest friends have been linked to a drug syndicate could be part of the effort to undermine the present government.
“There’s a possibility. We are not discounting the fact that there’s a destabilization plot kasi nakatutok sa President,” the PNP chief said.
Albayalde added the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group is yet to establish the real identity of ‘Bikoy’ and those behind the videos since the uploader was believed to be using a false account.
“But of course, I am sure, hindi lang si ‘Bikoy’ ito. Meron talagang gumagawa kasi scripted yung sinasabi niya,” Albayalde said.
There were reports that the real ‘Bikoy’ could be a radio broadcaster from Northern Luzon who was hired to speak negatively of the President without showing his actual face.
The PNP chief maintained he is certain that those creating the videos were receiving financial support from someone else. “Scripted lahat sinasabi ni Bikoy and I am sure me financier yan,” he said.
With Alfred P. Dalizon