By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo said the government should not release a matrix about the alleged destabilization plot against Presidente Rodrigo Duterte based on unverified information because the reputation of many people is affected.
“Wala naman kasing explanation kung papaano sila nasama doon. Kaya parati naman with a grain of salt iyong pagtanggap natin ng balita,” she said in Marawi City.
(There is no explanation how they ended up in the matrix. That’s why we always take information with a grain of salt.)
The Vice President was asked to comment about the matrix that linked human rights lawyers and media groups to the alleged plot to remove Duterte from office.
The matrix implicated the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, Rappler, Vera Files, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to the “Bikoy” videos linking the President and his family to illegal drugs.
Robredo, who briefly served in the current administration as housing chief, was reluctant to believe the controversial ouster matrix.
According to Robredo, this wasn’t the first time a matrix was released about an ouster plot against the Chief Executive.
The Vice President then recalled her supposed involvement in the “Oust Duterte Movement” in the past when she had nothing to do with it.
“Sabi ko nga, hindi ito first time na nagpalabas ng matrix. Iyong una definitely hindi totoo, kasi iyong inclusion ko nga doon, hindi naman totoo. So ito, ang likelihood na hindi siya reliable, napakalaki,” she said in a media interview in Marawi City.
(As I said, this is not the first time a matrix was released. The first one definitely is not true, because my inclusion there is not proven. So the likelihood of this to be unreliable is very high.)
Robredo questioned the release of the oust matrix plot claimed by Malacañang without evidence or basis.
“Kaya ito naman, kung mayroong ebidensya, ilabas, kasuhan. Pero hindi yata maganda na iyong basta-basta lang magbibigay ng suspicions na wala namang basehan,” she said.
(In this case, if they have evidence, bring them out, file a case. But it is not right just to give suspicions without basis.)
“Pero para kasi sa akin, sana hindi naglalabas ng mga ganito ng hindi pa validated, kasi maraming mga reputation ng mga tao ang madadamay,” Robredo stressed.
(But for me, I hope they do not release something like this which is not validated, because it affects the reputation of a lot of people.)