Palace won’t apologize to Hidilyn, Ho, but clears them of any ties to oust Duterte plot

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang refused to apologize to Olympian Hidilyn Cruz and television host Gretchen Ho even after it cleared them of any involvement in a plot to destabilize President Duterte.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, instead, blamed some media outfits for the “wrong” assumption and analysis on the supposed involvement of Diaz and Ho based on a matrix on the alleged conspiracy against the President.

“No. I think those who should apologize are those who wrongly analyzed,” Panelo said in an interview with reporters at the Palace when asked if he would apologize to the two women who has denied involvement in the anti-Duterte plot.

“In the first place, hindi naman sila involved [they are not involved]. I think some of you or others who may have seen that diagram made a wrong analysis,” he added.

Cruz and Ho are among the personalities listed in the diagrams recently presented by Panelo about the alleged Liberal Party-led conspiracy against the President. The two women have expressed shock over their inclusion in the Palace matrix and denied involvement in any ouster plot against Duterte.

Panelo, however, clarified the names of the two women appeared only in the diagram on the list of social media interests of Rodel Jyame, the arrested administrator of the website that shared the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos.

He found it unfortunate that some media outfits “instantly” assumed the participation of Diaz and Ho to the alleged ouster plot even though he did not mention their names in his May 8 press briefing.

“The diagram contained in said slide includes other accounts Mr. Jayme is actively following, to visualize his character, as well his political and social interests. It is in this context that the names of Mses. Ho and Diaz appeared. The subject slide which was flashed onto a screen during the press briefing simply proves that the account of Mr. Jayme is real as it reveals his disposition online,” he said.

“Pero hindi ibig sabihin involved si Gretchen Ho saka si Ms. Diaz [But it does not mean Gretchen Ho and Ms Diaz are involved],” he said.

Jayme is currently facing inciting to sedition charges after sharing online the videos alleging drug links of the President’s family and associates.

Panelo argued that the “faulty” analysis of the diagram by some media entitles were used as basis of “wrong conclusions” by readers and personalities including Ho and Diaz.

“It is therefore not surprising why a number of people reacted because the said diagram, together with this erroneous analysis, would indeed lead them to question the same,” he said.

Panelo said he hoped such wrong analysis was not made intentionally to cast doubt on the intelligence received and vetted by the Office of the President.