The President always shows courtesy to Leni Robredo in public. He even apologized when he failed to greet her in his speech at the Philippine Military Academy or PMA. Mr. Duterte acknowledged the presence of top officials at the PMA event but missed Robredo. Tensions escalated in a press conference after lawyers and bloggers supporting Du30 clashed with two reporters. When asked about who’s funding them, the “Impeach VP Leni Team” got irked and said that they are not Du30’s minions.
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[VIDEO]: dzIZ reporter Jill Resontoc asks the Impeach VP Leni Team who is funding them, causing heated exchange between Du30 supporters and reporters covering the event.
Impeach VP Leni Team
The PDu30 supporters called “Impeach VP Leni Team,” held a press conference at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City to make their plan known to draft an impeachment complaint against Robredo. They are: Trixie Cruz-Angeles, Tom Berenguer, lawyer, Antonio Contreras, political analyst, Epimaco Densing III, assistant secretary for plans and programs at the Department of the Interior and Local Government or DILG, Ahmed Paglinawan, lawyer, and Bruce Rivera, also a lawyer.
Not Funded by Duterte
The conflict started when dwIZ reporter Jill Resontoc asked how the group get its funds as they pursue the impeachment case against the Vice President. Rivera seems insulted and denied that they are being funded by anyone. He explained that they are using their money to facilitate the said move.
Rivera stresses that PDu30 is not their principal. 5 of them might be Du30 supporters, but the president is not their backer, he said. That’s like LP’s strategy, he added. His reply drives the crowd to burst into laughter. Bloggers and lawyers supporting Duterte were also in the audience. The administration has accused the LP of trying to oust the President. LP members especially Robredo repeatedly denied this.
Just One of the Impeachment Complaints against Robredo
Angeles calmed down the crowd by directing the question and answer portion for reporters and bloggers. The ‘Impeach VP Leni Team’ plan against Robredo is just one of the few. Two Marcos loyalists already asked Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to endorse their impeachment complaint versus Robredo. Her drug war criticisms in a video message in a side event in Vienna, Austria is the main trigger. Alvarez also considers filing the same case. These are on top of Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo.