PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will address the nation today amid issues hounding his government, Malacañang said yesterday.
No specific topic has been set for the President’s message which is slated for 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
Duterte returned to the Philippines last Saturday from week-long historic visits to Israel and Jordan amid rising commodity prices and criticism over his proclamation that declared void the amnesty given to opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
At a press briefing following his arrival in Davao City, Duterte defended his decision against Trillanes’ amnesty and claimed there is a unified effort by the opposition Liberal Party, communist rebels and Trillanes to topple him from the presidency by October.
The President said the three groups were plotting for his removal, an allegation that was immediately denied by the LP and Trillanes who called the President “paranoid.”
In a separate interview, Roque warned of a “massive destabilization” plot from groups allegedly wanting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte in time for the 46th anniversary of Martial Law under the Marcos regime.
The nation will commemorate on September 21 the anniversary of the Martial Law declaration of late President Ferdinand Marcos in 1972 that rsaw the commission of human rights violations, rampant corruption and disregard of civil liberties.
Marcos was ousted through a People Power revolt in February 1986.
“Ang pagkakaalam ko rin po ay talagang nagkakasa sila ng isang malawakang destab para po dito sa anibersaryo ng Martial Law ng Setyembre. Kaya nga po ang sabi ng Presidente, it would be in high gear pagdating ng Oktubre,” Roque said in an interview on Radyo Singko.
Roque belittled the plot given the President’s huge victory in the 2016 elections.
Last year, Duterte called off classes in public schools and government work on September 21 and declared a National Day of Protest “in solidarity with the people’s call against all excesses and shortcomings of the government, and with the people’s desire to uphold the highest standards of integrity, efficiency and accountability in government.”
Protesters converged at the Luneta Park in Manila to denounce Duterte’s bloody war on drugs and martial law declaration in Mindanao.