Malacañang on Tuesday pointed out that President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy the trust of the Filipino people amid reports that former United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg left a blueprint for his ouster.
“We have not received any news from the [US] State Department apparently. As far I know, as far as I have been informed, the State Department has denied anything of this sort, and has denied participation of anything of this sort,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a news briefing in Malacañang.
“However, as we can all see, you know, the President continues to enjoy the trust of the people. And the people on the ground, apparently, appreciate what he’s doing. So again let me just say that, according to the article, whoever attempts this will find it difficult,” he said.
Asked to clarify if the Palace agrees with Goldberg that the ouster is “difficult” to carry out, Abella replied: “I am just saying that that’s what Goldberg said. I don’t need to agree.”
After supposed excerpts of the Goldberg blueprint was published in a daily broadsheet, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that the House of Representatives will probe the claim when session resumes in January.
Duterte and Goldberg had a difficult relationship which began when the former Davao City Mayor made a controversial remark regarding the rape of an Australian missionary in his city in 1989. Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely reacted that rape and murder should not be trivialized. Goldberg said that such statements were not the ones they condone.
While they had met before Duterte took his oath of office, he called Goldberg “gay” in August.
Goldberg was replaced by US Ambassador Sung Kim in October.
Sources: GMA News