Drilon: Liberal Party won't oust Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Liberal Party (LP) has no plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, LP member and Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon said on Thursday.

"The Liberal Party denies as totally unfounded the allegations that we are planning to oust the President. Wala pong katotohanan iyan. (There's no truth to that.) We respect the mandate of our people," Drilon told reporters.

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His statement follows the President's remark at the United Nations Convention Against Corruption event Wednesday night in Malacañang.

In his speech, the president hit his so-called "yellow" critics whom he claimed wanted to oust him.

Yellow is associated with LP, the party of Vice President Leni Robredo and former President Noynoy Aquino.

"Ang plano ko is mag-resign nalang siguro ako. 'Yung mga yellow diyan. Nagde-demonstrate kayo (My plan is to maybe just resign. You yellows hold demonstrations)...you want me out because you cannot accept defeat," Duterte said.

He claimed the LP wants Robredo to replace him as president: "They wanted me out. Sabi ko, siyempre 'yung Vice President. O, di kayo. You had your chance."

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Some observers see Robredo's resignation from the Cabinet as housing council chairman, a signal to formally lead the opposition.

Robredo only said she will be more vocal on administration policies that she doesn't favor.

Drilon affirmed this. He said the LP will voice dissent on issues such as the Marcos burial.

"These are views that we expressed as a party and they have nothing to do with any plan allegedly to oust the president. We deny that categorically," Drilon said.

He added the President and the Senate don't see eye-to eye on some issues -- even Duterte's fellow PDP-Laban and Senate President Koko Pimentel also opposed the Marcos burial.

"There is no formal coalition in the Senate. In fact, in the Senate, what has evolved is we decide on an issue-to-issue basis," Drilon said.

"Because of the weakness of our political system, there's no party stand taken and the senators decide on their own. But there are no formal alliances in the Senate," he added.