VERA Files’ Tordesillas refutes Malacañang’s ‘silly diagrams’

VERA Files President Ellen Tordesillas quashed another baseless, fabricated diagram released by Malacañang May 8, accusing that she, opposition senators and candidates, media and lawyers’ groups and other private individuals are conspiring in a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I deny allegations by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo linking me to any imagined destabilization efforts against the administration. I challenge him to present evidence, not just silly diagrams,” Tordesillas said in a statement.

In a press briefing Wednesday, Panelo presented an expanded version of the spurious and error-filled “oust-Duterte” matrix released April 22, supposedly based on intelligence reports.

Early this week, Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be “Bikoy” in the alleged “Ang Totoong Narco-list” videos, faced the media and requested free legal assistance from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). The IBP denied his request.

The now-taken down “narco-list” videos tagged the president’s family and senate hopeful Christopher “Bong” Go in the illegal drug trade.

“It seems that the links between the National Union of Journalists [sic], Alejano, Hilbay, the Liberal Party, Rodel Jayme, Trillanes, the Rappler, the VERA Files, Ellen Tordillas [sic]. In other words, it is obvious that these groups have linked together to discredit the Duterte administration and to boost candidacies of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates,” Panelo told reporters.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they have not monitored any specific threat to unseat President Duterte.


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