Vice President Leni Robredo has questioned the publication of the so-called “Oust Duterte” matrix, which Malacañang said came from President Rodrigo Duterte himself.
In an interview in Marawi City Tuesday (April 23), Robredo said matrices tagging people to a supposed plan to oust Duterte should not be released unless the information has been verified.
She noted that she was included in an earlier version of the “Oust Duterte” matrix but the information turned out to be false.
“Kailangan sana, bago magpapalabas ng kahit ano, napag-aralan nang mabuti. Kasi iyong pinakaunang nilabas, nandoon iyong pangalan ko, wala naman akong kaalam-alam sa paratang nila. Kaya ito naman, kung mayroong ebidensya, ilabas, kasuhan,” Robredo said.
The “Oust Duterte” matrix, which was first published by the Manila Times Monday (April 22), detailed the supposed links of some media organizations and a lawyers’ group to alias “Bikoy,” the self-styled whistleblower featured in the “Ang Totoong Narco List” videos posted on YouTube.
The “Ang Totoong Narco List” accuses some family members of President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Among those named in the matrix are Rappler, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, the National Union of People’s Lawyers and journalist Ellen Tordesillas.
The Vice President said the reputations of people tagged in the matrix are being hurt because of unverified information.
“Para kasi sa akin, sana hindi naglalabas ng mga ganito na hindi pa validated, kasi maraming mga reputation ng mga tao ang madadamay,” she said, adding that there’s a high likelihood that the information used as basis for the matrix is false.