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Palace: Dramatic, well-coordinated

The impeachment complaint filed against President Duterte is part of the “dramatic” and “too well-coordinated just to be coincidental” plot to discredit the administration, a Palace official said yesterday.

The President, however, is still prepared to face the consequences of his actions since he has neither violated the law nor betrayed the people’s trust, according to his spokesman Ernesto Abella.

“First and foremost, no treason, betrayal of trust, bribery, graft and corruption, high crime, and culpable violation of Constitution have been committed,” Abella said.

“No one is truly above the law not even the President but the administration upholds due process and is ready for the consequences of its actions that take consideration above all the interests of the Filipino people,” he added.

Abella said latest impeachment try against the President “like part of a larger scheme of things.”

“Well, it just seems rather dramatic that everything seems to be so coordinated at this stage with acts of trying to discredit the administration and trying to throw it in doubt,” he said.

Asked if it was part of the destabilization plot, Abella said: “It certainly seems like an outline.”

Malacañang has not pressed the panic button over the impeachment attempt against the President.

“Hindi naman cause of concern na natataranta ang mga tao. Nakikita lang, napapansin,” Abella said about the attempts to undermine the government. “Hayaan ninyo sila magsalita, habulin ang gusto nilang mangyari,” he added.

On whether the impeachment attempt will prosper, Abella said: “It’s not for us to be speculating about these things.

Let them be.”

Asked if the President will ask his congressional allies to reject the impeachment complaint, Abella said he respects the independence of Congress in dealing with their own affairs.

“The President always allows his allies to act independently of him. He has never manipulated in that sense, you know, the way political intrigues are usually sown,” said Abella. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)