The presidential spokesman Harry Roque Sunday rejected as a mere "prison hallucination" the assertion of the detained senator Leila De Lima that President Rodrigo Duterte had a "malicious" plan to relieve Vice President Leni Robredo and the former Senator Bongbong Marcos the President. let him follow if he would step before his term ends in 2022.
Roque also stressed that the fate of Marcos & election protests is in the hands of the Supreme Court and has nothing to do with the president.
"Hallucination of the prison The fate of VP is related to SC (Supreme Court) and not to the president," Roque told reporters.
De Lima, one of Duterte's fiercest critics, claimed that the president would bring Robredo's image down to make it easier for the public to accept Marcos' victory at the presidential election court.
"Duterte has different ideas as to how he will be replaced in case he decides to resign before his term ends." He expressed his preference for Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, a military junta. [but] none of them contains the constitutional way of succession, which is the only legal way to replace him, "she said in a statement from her cell in Camp Crame.
"With the federal charter change campaign dead on the water, and a military junta that has no enthusiastic buyers of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines]This means that the only viable option left is to ensure that Marcos is able to succeed as VP when Duterte decides to resign, "said De Lima.
She added that Marcos' victory over the SC "is gradually approaching a greater possibility", as Duterte's captains continue to replace the retreating justices.
Duterte has repeatedly questioned the leadership qualities of Robredo, noting that she is not able to follow him, especially in curbing illegal drugs and corruption in the country.
Duterte also said that the Philippines is better off with a dictator like Ferdinand Marcos.
READ: Duterte: PH better off with dictator like Marcos than leader like Robredo
Robredo defeated the former senator in the vice-presidential race in 2016, a victory of which Marcos claims he was marred by "massive cheating." / Je
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