By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is looking into the possible prosecution of the opposition personalities allegedly involved in the conspiracy to discredit President Duterte.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to look into the possible charges against the people involved in the “black propaganda” against Duterte.
“We will let the Department of Justice since that it is his turf, Secretary Menardo (Guevarra) to do the job,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing when asked about the cases to be filed against the conspirators.
“Pag-aaralan nila Secretary Menard kung ano magandang demanda against them [Secretary Menardo will study what will be the appropriate charges against them],” he said.
Panelo acknowledged that sufficient evidence must be gathered before cases can be filed against the personalities in court.
“Di ba sabi natin kung iyong ginagawa nila ay black propaganda, eh ibig sabihin libelous. So the moment the PNP and other law enforcement agencies have sufficient evidence strong enough, ipa-file na iyong kaso laban sa kanilang lahat [We said what they are doing is black propaganda so it means libelous. So the moment the PNP (Philippine National Police) and other law enforcement agencies have sufficient evidence, strong enough, the case will be filed against all of them],” he said.
Panelo earlier bared an alleged “deliberate conspiracy” among the Liberal Party, Magdalo group, some media organizations, and other individuals out to discredit President Duterte and boost the candidacies of opposition senatorial candidates in the May elections.
The alleged anti-Duterte plot came from intelligence information received by the President, he said.
Panelo claimed that matrices showing the conspiracy against Duterte have been validated by the President. But he could not say if the President got such information from local or foreign sources, saying it was up to Duterte to give details.
He insisted that the President had “many sources” of information, and would validate such information before making it public.
“Knowing him as one who is a thinking President, he would have validated every information he received,” he said.
“It was shared to him, he validated it and he wants the public to know about it,” he added.