MAY 1, 2019 – Malacañang on Wednesday said it is “totally unnecessary” to provide proof supporting the “Oust-Duterte” matrix, which claimed journalists and lawyers working against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement as he defended anew their move to disclose the matrix.
“Those named in the matrix demand proof of their participation in the ouster plot. Such is totally unnecessary,” the secretary said.
“The matrix shows that there is an ouster plot. It is just a plot, a plan, an idea. The same is not actionable in court it being just a conspiracy,” he added, saying conspiracy is not a crime unless the law specifically classifies it as one.
“Should their plans lead to overt acts punishable by law then criminal cases will also be filed against them. It is only when the cases are filed in court that proof will be submitted to substantiate the criminal charges,” Panelo furthered.
Malacañang earlier affirmed the existence of an “ouster plot” after the Manila Times published the supposed matrix.
Panelo said it was the same copy as the one held by Duterte, who received the information from a “foreign source.”
The gathering of information was not conducted illegally, Panelo argued as he laid down the possibilities on how the information reached the chief executive.
“The possibilities are endless,” Panelo said.