Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lambasted anew his father’s critics for allegedly planning to oust the president, saying “threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism.”
Duterte-Carpio even branded the president’s detractors as “power grabbers.”
“Power grabbers have made their point, made their presence felt, caught our attention, and we know who they are. The threat of destabilization is as real as terrorism,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“All his destabilization claims are from intel reports and reliable sources from inside the offices of the people identified with the opposition,” the mayor added.
The latest tirades came after Duterte’s statements on setting up a revolutionary government in the face of threats of destabilization and after civil society group Tindig Pilipinas launched a signature drive urging the president to sign a bank secrecy waiver.
Tindig Pilipinas said Duterte was “losing his grip,” calling him “paranoid and insecure little man afraid of losing power.”
In response, Duterte-Carpio said that “groups and individuals who reacted negatively were apparently committing an act of self-defense to conceal their intentions against the Duterte administration.”
“How can he be insecure when he is the president? When you are the president, there is nothing that will make you feel insecure — not survey results or a person like Trillanes or a power-hungry group called Tindig Pilipinas,” she said.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the members of Tindig Pilipinas who staged the signature campaign, has claimed that Duterte has undeclared billions of pesos in the bank.