President Rodrigo Duterte wished those supposedly plotting to destabilize the Duterte administration good luck, according to Presidential Communications Office head Martin Andanar.
In an interview at ANC’s Headstart with Karen Davila, Andanar said he personally asked Duterte what his response would be on the purported #LeniLeaks document.
“Sabi ko, ‘Mr. President, what can you say?’ Sabi niya: Sabihin mo, Martin, sa media na sabihin doon sa mga kung sino man ang nagpa-plano ng destabilization at kung sino mang sangkot dito sa ‘Leni Leaks’ na ito, I wish them all the success.” (I said, ‘Mr. President, what can you say?’ He said: ‘Tell them, Martin, to the media that to whoever is planning destabilization and who are involved in this Leni Leaks, I wish them all the success.’)
Andanar said the government is already investigating the documents to see whether they are legitimate.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)is now part of the investigation, he added.
DICT has forensic investigators that can help confirm the veracity of the #LeniLeaks documents from the uncovered Yahoo! Groups page, which has since been set as private.
The document is a PDF of a Yahoo! Group thread discussing methods to put the President and his allies in a bad light.
It allegedly involves the social media team of Vice President Leni Robredo, Fil-Am Loida Lewis, and representatives of ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Given Duterte’s cool reaction about the #LeniLeaks scandal, a samurai-esque bravery in the face of threats and how he obviously practices elements from the Art of War, it would seem he already knew of the plot way before Thinking Pinoy and Sass Rogando Sasot came across the groups. The discovery delegated the allegation into an actual scandal that now negatively taints Robredo’s image further.
Robredo’s defenders try to fend off the issue, merely dismissing it as a conspiracy and insisting its falsehood. In vain.
Even statements from Loida Lewis and LP members instead agitated people.
Robredo’s image suffered a huge dent from her USA escapade under a supposed family affair, despite her native Bicol province placed in escalated danger from the typhoon that struck on Christmas.
Her popularity and trust ratings took a dip, in the latest SWS survey, as a result of the deep distrust already simmering, and further aggravated by her recent actions.
On the other hand, Duterte’s trust and popularity rating remains in excellent scores. And with how he bade good luck to the perpetrators of #LeniLeaks, Duterte appears to be merely taunting. It wouldn’t be beyond Duterte to be already steps ahead of them, to show such gesture.
(With writeup from Jake Venado of Mindanation.com)