Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated anew on Sunday that the Liberal Party is not working to destabilize the Duterte administration.
This was after President Rodrigo Duterte again alleged that the LP is behind an ouster plot against him—this time, in connivance with the group of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
On Sunday, VP Leni clarified that the LP—which she currently chairs—has not formed an alliance, nor is it undergoing negotiations with the Communist Party to overthrow the Duterte government.
“[W]ala kaming koneksyon sa Communist Party of the Philiippines, ni nag-usap, wala man lang kahit anong klaseng pag-uusap. Alam naman natin iyong parang role ng Communist Party of the Philippines dito… sa lipunan, sila nag-e-exist sila indepedently of any political party. Maraming paniniwala na hindi pareho,” VP Leni said in her weekly radio show, BISErbisyong LENI, on RMN-DZXL 558.
The accusations come amid LP’s show of support for Senator Antonio Trillanes, after Malacañang declared as void the amnesty granted to him by the previous administration.
While Trillanes comes from a different party, the Vice President has said they stand with the senator as this is clearly an attempt to silence the opposition.
“Ibang partido—Nacionalista Party si Senator Trillanes, opposite ito ng Liberal. Pero sa akin naman, [k]ahit sino, walang parti-partido dito; kahit sino na nagiging biktima ng pang-aabuso ng kapangyarihan, nakikiisa tayo,” VP Leni said.
VP Leni, meanwhile, lamented that the administration—in an attempt to deflect the blame for its incompetencies—had always targeted LP as its “whipping boy.”
“Iyong Liberal Party, Ka Ely, parating parang whipping boy—parating dinadahilan. Eh ‘di ba alam naman nila na halos wala nang natira sa partido? Lahat na lumipat sa kanila eh. Kaya kapag sinabi nilang Liberal Party, sino iyong tinutukoy? Kasi ngayon, iyong Liberal Party mabibilang mo na lang sa kamay mo ‘di ba. [K]apag pinag-usapan iyong Liberal Party—parang ano din ito, parang pagsisisi din kay Trump sa ekonomiya. Lahat na pagkukulang ng pamahalaan, isisisi sa Liberal Party. Tingin natin hindi naman tama iyon,” VP Leni said.
“Hindi perpekto iyong partido pero kahit kakaunti na lang, lalaban talaga sa hindi naman tama. Kapag sang-ayon naman tayo, Ka Ely, nagpapahayag tayo ng pag-sang-ayon. Pero kapag mali talaga, talagang mali,” she added.