Friday, September 21, 2018

Palace tells ouster plotters: "Dream on to those who want to remove the President"

Murals of House speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President Rodrigo Duterte, and former strongman / photo from Google

Manila, Philippines  - Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr said on Thursday that those who want to oust President Rodrigo Duterte to continue dreaming because it would never happen.

Roque made the statement after anti-Duterte groups announced that they would stage rallies during the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos today, September 21.

In a news conference, Roque said that government can handle such protests.

“It’s not anything that the State cannot deal with. Dream on to those who want to remove the President,” Roque told reporters.

The president cited several times in different speeches and interviews about the destabilization efforts against him and his administration would reach its peak by September 21, when the country marks the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, up to October.

President Duterte also claimed that the Liberal Party (LP), the Magdalo group, the Left, and other critics are allegedly behind the destabilization -  which both the LP and the Magdalo group have denied the alleged connivance to oust the President.

According to Roque, the chief executive had met with representatives from the government’s intelligence agencies but did not give further details.

“It’s a regular intel briefing which unfortunately remains classified,” the spokesman said

He stressed that maximum tolerance against the protesters will be observed.

“It’s always been to observe maximum tolerance since it’s the law and that is what the President has been following whether or not there is a law, but more so since there is a law,” Roque said

“He lets them do it, he recognizes the importance of free speech,” he said.

“So we will give maximum tolerance to everyone because after all, the President was not the one who declared martial law in September 21 many years ago,” he added.

Also, in 2017, the chief executive signed the Proclamation 310, which declared September 21, 2017 the National Protest Day to give way to those who wanted to protest against the government.

Source: Manila Times