THE Liberal Party is plotting with unidentified businessmen to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, according to long-time Duterte ally and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco.
“They are convincing the military and police, [particularly] Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, to join in their cause to topple Duterte,” Evasco told journalists in Dapitan City on Friday.
“They will fail,” Evasco said, explaining that the businessmen are associated with the Liberal Party who cannot not accept that they were defeated by somebody from Mindanao.
“That’s because they look down on us,” Evasco said. “They did not know that our minds were molded by our experiences, our studies, and our outlook of life that the elite don’t have.”
Evasco said the businessmen are paying off media men to play up the issues of summary and extrajudicial killings and the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos to encourage people to oppose the Duterte adminisration.
“Sad to say, there are a lot of media practitioners who succumbed to the temptation of money. And we are talking of millions of pesos here,” Evasco said.
The President earlier accused forces loyal to former President Benigno Aquino III of fanning intrigues against him by blaming him for the killings of nearly 3,000 people in his tough campaign on illegal drugs.
He said “yellow” people whom he did not name are now laying the groundwork for his impeachment but he will press on because he was ready to lose his life, honor and the presidency.
He began his remarks after the swearing in of dozens of new government bureaucrats by hitting the United States and calling American leaders “hypocrites” for meddling in his war against crime.
“It was good they did it because it was an opportunity for (President) Duterte to enunciate his independent foreign policy,” Evasco said, adding that the President’s rivals are now saying that Duterte is a communist enticing “armed adventurism.”
“By being rich, America or the European Union or the UN, have no right to tell us what is good for us. In pursuing an independent foreign policy, you must be a friend to everybody. And if the President is resisting the bullying of our supposed friend, the United States, it doesn’t mean we are already aligning with the opposite, China or Russia,” he added.
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