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To improve governance, Drilon urges Duterte to be open to constructive criticisms

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The ranks of opposition in the Senate are not about to take up the challenge of President Duterte to have themselves merge forces with the so-called dissenters of his administration saying that they will continue to criticize, if need be, but not engage in any destabilization efforts.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the administration should be open to criticisms and use these to improve governance and not consider them as destabilization moves.

“The administration needs to learn to take criticisms as these can also help improve ways of running the country,” he said.

The President on Thursday advised his critics, including the Liberal Party (LP) and the communist groups, to band together and form one group so that he could focus on them.

Duterte and his allies have continuously accused members of the opposition of being behind those supposedly mounting an alleged ouster plot against him.

LP senators, however, are insistent that they have no plans to destabilize the government despite the many criticisms they have hurled at the President.

“Ang kritisismo at pagpapahayag ng saloobin ay mga haligi ng demokrasya at hindi dapat ituring na destabilisasyon laban sa pamahalaan,” Sen. Francis Pangilinan, LP president, said.

Sen. Bam Aquino, another LP member, reiterated the same and urged top government officials to stop floating news about destabilization as no less than those from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) already declared that it has not monitored any moves regarding such plot or plots.

“Ilang beses nang sinabi ng AFP na walang plano ng destabilisasyon laban sa kanyang gobyerno. Bago sana magbitaw ng salita, mas maganda kung kokonsultahin muna ang mga nauukol na opisyal upang matiyak na ito’y totoo at hindi base lang sa tsismis o fake news,” he said.