Thursday, March 23, 2017

WATCH: Prominent Duterte Supporters in heated exchange with 'Biased Reporters'

The conflict began when dwIZ reporter Jill Resontoc asked who is funding the group as it builds its impeachment case against the Vice President.

Rivera denied they are being funded by anyone and explained they are using money out of their own pockets.

"Kapag nagmi-meeting kami, kanya-kanya kaming bayad kasi (Whenever we hold our meetings, we pay for our own because) if you notice, this is the popular misconception that we are funded by anyone. We are not funded by anyone. We are doing this. We have our own careers at hand," said the lawyer, a former legal counsel of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

Resontoc then asked the same question, noting that the group's members are vocal supporters of the President.

"That does not make Duterte our principal… Ibig mong sabihin, kapag 5 kaming lahat ay Duterte supporter, si Duterte na ang aming backer? Hindi po totoo 'yan. Parang pang-LP (Liberal Party) po yata 'yung dialogue na 'yan," said Rivera.

(That does not make Duterte our principal. You mean to say if 5 of us are Duterte supporters, then Duterte is our backer? That's not true. That's like dialogue of the LP.)

His reply elicited hearty laughter from the crowd mostly composed of bloggers and other lawyers supporting Duterte.

The Duterte administration has long accused the LP, the once-ruling party, of plotting against the President. LP stalwarts, including party chairperson Robredo, have repeatedly denied this.




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