Cabinet to discuss #LeniLeaks

Posted on January 9, 2017


President Duterte: Yellows cannot accept electoral defeat, Malacañan sets probe on #LeniLeaks report

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the Palace is taking the matter seriously but would not pass judgment until the information contained in the emails have been validated.

Malacañan is looking into the leaked emails about the supposed plan of supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo to create dissent against President Duterte that surfaced in social networking sites.

“It has really become a national issue. I said even before it becomes a national issue, as one of the President’s men, I am concerned about this. I need to know about the veracity of the reports,” Andanar said.

Andanar said National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. is also concerned about the alleged emails and is ready to have them investigated.

While authorities have yet to confirm that the emails really came from Robredo’s supporters, Andanar wants the issue discussed during the Cabinet meeting today.

“Both of us agreed that we will take this up to the President,” Andanar said, referring to himself and Esperon.

“It could lead into destabilization. We do not know. We want to know the veracity of it, the veracity of the documents, if it’s bona fide or not because it could lead to destabilization.”

Dubbed as “Lenileaks” because of the supposed involvement of people from the Office of the Vice President, the emails contained conversations about rallies calling for Duterte’s resignation and mass actions against his decision to allow the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Among those who were allegedly part of the email conversations were billionaire philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis, her sister, former Commission on Filipinos Overseas chairperson Imelda Nicolas and lawyer Ted Laguatan.

Andanar said that seeking to destabilize a government is wrong and illegal.

“As leader of the opposition, Robredo has the moral authority to talk to her ranks who are noisy in social media to respect the mandate of the President,” Andanar added.

President Duterte previously said that “yellows” or people associated with the opposition want to oust him because they cannot accept electoral defeat.

Robredo has denied the claim and lamented all are “false” reports.

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