Duterte directs questions about matrix to palace spox

Published May 14, 2019, 3:06 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte said he will let Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo answer questions about the matrix linking the Liberal Party, opposition senatorial bets, and critical personalities and media to a plot to destabilize his administration.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In an interview with reporters in Davao City, Duterte said he would allow Panelo to answer “equivocal” questions like those regarding the matrix so people will not accidentally or purposely misquote or misunderstand his statements.

“Those are the things that can be characterized as equivocal, can be the subject of to interpretations,” he said.

“Panelo na lang so kung i-misquote siya, siya yung madaldal, eh (I’ll let Panelo speak so if he gets misquoted, then it’s his problem. He’s the one who’s talkative, anyway). I get tired of answering questions which are stupid and one that would only make you…” he added.

Panelo, supposedly quoting Duterte, earlier told reporters to ask the President if they have questions about the matrix.

Meanwhile, despite evading questions about the matrix, Duterte insisted that the matrix is real and has been vetted. He, however, let the people interpret the matrix.

“Totoo yung matrix. Totoo yung matrix, pati yung Bikoy. Kita mo naman, pati yung spectral analysis ng boses nila (The matrix is real, even Bikoy being a fraud. You saw even the spectral analysis of their voices),” he said.

“That matrix bahala na kayo mag-interpret (it’s up to you to interpret it) but those lines really not lines, connections. There were a lot of communications there that were recorded,” he added.

Duterte earlier admitted that the information about the supposed ouster plot came from a foreign country which he refused to name. He, however, said he does not know who did the eavesdropping.

“Wiretapping is against the law. Sino ang nag-wiretap (But who was the one who did it)? I really do not know. Finished product na ‘yan (I got it as a finished product already). Only if you use it in court, it cannot be accepted as evidence,” he said.