Alleged plotters refute Malacañang’s oust Duterte matrix

Robie de Guzman   •   May 8, 2019   •   3136

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo presented the new matrix of alleged conspiracy between the Liberal Party, the Magdalo group and other organizations seeking to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition groups and individuals who were accused as plotters to oust President Rodrigo Duterte have denied the latest allegation floated by Malacañang several days before the May 13 midterm elections.

Citing supposed intelligence information, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday presented a new diagram showing the purported conspiracy between the Liberal Party (LP), Magdalo group and other organizations and individuals to “discredit the administration and to boost the candidacy of the opposition.”

READ: Palace shows new diagram on Magdalo, Liberal party ‘conspiracy’ to oust Duterte

“This is the nth time that the administration, when confronted with controversy, falsely accuses the LP of being involved in ouster plots. Gawa-gawa lang yan (that’s just fabricated),” said LP president Sen. Francis Pangilinan in a message to reporters.

“Ang hindi gawa-gawa na dapat nilang ipaliwanag ay bakit walang nahuhuli na mga drug lord o pinaparusahan na opisyal ng Customs sa paulit-ulit na pagpuslit ng toneladang shabu sa BoC,” he added. 

Edwin Lacierda, a spokesman of former President Benigno Aquino III, also dismissed as fabricated a matrix released by Malacañang.

Lacierda said, “a Grade School Matrix does not an evidence make.”

“This government seemed to have discovered a new technology called The Grade School Matrix as this is the third time this government employed a matrix to refute charges against them,” he said in a message.

He believes his name could have been linked to the alleged ouster plot because he is an “active liker” of Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano, a senatorial candidate of opposition slate ‘Otso Diretso’.

“If that is true, this government has all abandoned its sanity. it is also curious to note that Sec Panelo has distanced himself from the Grade School Matrix,” Lacierda said.

“I have no involvement whatsoever with the Bikoy video,” he added, referring to the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series shared online.

VERA Files president Ellen Tordesillas also denied any involvement, calling Malacañang’s matrix an ‘imagined’ destabilization effort.

“I deny allegations by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo linking me to any imagined destabilization efforts against the administration,” she said.

“I challenge him to present evidence, not just silly diagrams,” she added.

Meanwhile, Senator Antonio Trillanes, a vocal critic of Duterte, listed the issues against the President as he refuted claims that the Magdalo group was discrediting the administration.

“Si Duterte ang nagpapatay ng libu-libong Pilipino; may bilyun-bilyon pisong tagong yaman; gumigiba sa mga democratic institutions; minumura ang Diyos; at nag iimbento ng mga akusasyon sa mga kritiko niya; tapos kami ang nagdi-discredit?” Trillanes said in a statement.

“May pa matrix-matrix ka pa na nalalaman, umayos ka nga Mr. Panelo,” he added. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Opposition coalition 1Sambayan to endorse 7 senatorial bets for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   January 19, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The opposition coalition 1Sambayan on Wednesday bared the initial list of senatorial candidates it will be endorsing for the May 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, 1Sambayan said the following personalities will get its support in the upcoming polls:

  • Chel Diokno
  • Leila De Lima
  • Teddy Baguilat
  • Risa Hontiveros
  • Alex Lacson
  • Sonny Matula
  • Antonio Trillanes IV

According to 1Sambayan convenor Atty. Howard Calleja, the coalition will formally announce the endorsement of the full senatorial slate on January 28.

The group is supporting the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Francis Pangilinan who are running for president and vice president, respectively.

28 more areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has placed more areas under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 amid increasing COVID-19 cases, Malacañang said Wednesday.

In a statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the following areas will be under Alert Level 3:

 

LUZON

  • Benguet
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Pangasinan
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Isabela
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Quezon Province
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay

 

VISAYAS

  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Cebu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Tacloban City

 

MINDANAO

  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Butuan City
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Cotabato City

The alert level designation in the said areas will take effect from January 14 until January 31, the Palace said.

All other provinces and cities not mentioned shall remain under their current alert level classification, it added.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, and Laguna are under Alert Level 3 until January 15.

2022 national budget, patuloy pang binubusisi ni Pangulong Duterte — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Patuloy pang binubusisi ng Office of the President ang 2022 national budget kaya hindi natuloy ang nakatakda sanang ceremonial signing nito ngayong Martes.

Pagtitiyak ni acting Presidential Spokesperson at Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, agad pipirmahan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang P5.024 trilyong panukalang pondo oras na matapos ang ginagawang review.

“We would want to assure and we assure the public that the budget will be signed. Pipirmahan po ni Pangulong Duterte ang budget for 2022 bago pa man sumapit ang December 31,” ani Nograles.

Aniya, kailangang mapirmahan ang pondo upang matiyak na hindi mag-ooperate ang pamahalaan sa ilalim ng re-enacted budget sa susunod na taon.

Oras na mapirmahan din ang national budget, sinabi ng Malakanyang na maaari nang magamit ang pondo para sa Odette recovery efforts sa Enero. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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