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Kiko on why LP can’t be involved in destab plots: Lorenzana said so

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday (March 14) cleared the Liberal Party from any involvement in plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pangilinan, LP’s president, said no less than Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana denied the existence of any destabilization plot, based on the intelligence he has received.

“Si Secretary Lorenzana na mismo nagsabi at malawak ang kanyang intelligence (information) bilang secretary of national defense. So sa palagay ko maniniwala ako kay Secretary Lorenzana,” the senator said.

LP’s alleged involvement to topple the Duterte administration was brought up once again after Duterte said some mining firms are funding those who want him out.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said the President might be referring to a mining firm with ties to the LP.

Although he did not name names, Lacson noted that Duterte mentioned last year the involvement of personalities from a mining company in the presidential campaign of LP standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II

Businessman Francis Eric Gutierrez whose known business is part ownership of SR Metals Inc. (SRMI), was known to have provided the private jets Roxas took for his campaign sorties.

Pangilinan said said he’s not privy to the details of the role assumed by Gutierrez in the last campaign season.

“Hindi ko alam ang mga detalye nun dahil hindi naman ako involved dun sa campaign nationally, sa presidential campaign. I have not seen him. The last time I saw him bago pa mag 2016,” he said.