The United States embassy denied yesterday that there is a US plot to oust President Duterte.
The embassy, through an email sent by press attaché Molly Koscina to The STAR, categorically denied the existence of a “blueprint” to oust Duterte.
This developed as lawmakers from the administration-dominated House of Representatives, led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, threw their support behind Duterte, who former US ambassador Philip Goldberg reportedly wants ousted before 2018.
“We are throwing our full support towards the move by the Speaker to look into the matter. A House inquiry will definitely iron out some things that need to be fleshed out based on such alarming reports,” Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles said.
“That being said, let me emphasize that President Duterte’s support is rock solid, and all attempts to unseat the President will be defied,” the chairman of the House committee on appropriations added.
Nograles said they were “alarmed over reports of an alleged coup plot,” adding “any sovereign state should respect the independence of other states regarding matters that pertain to its domestic concerns.”
“I don’t think any plans to destabilize the government will succeed, especially with the overwhelming mandate this administration received. Instead of being distracted by such plots, we must focus on the work that needs to be done,” Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting, another administration lawmaker, said.
For his part, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said it would be foolhardy for any group or individual to attempt to unseat an overwhelmingly popular Chief Executive. – With Pia Lee-Brago, Jaime Laude