Updated 17:15 PM PHT Tue, January 10, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A leak of emails from supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo calling for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte is an issue being treated with "concern," a palace spokesman said Tuesday.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the slew of emails, which has gone viral since Saturday and is dubbed "LeniLeaks," "was not mentioned at all," during Monday's Cabinet meeting.
"Any and all of these things are to be taken with concern. However, it has not reached the level of gravity to be discussed in Cabinet level," Abella told reporters in a palace briefing.
If any of the Cabinet members have talked about it with the President, he was not privy to it, he added.
The exchange of e-mails in a Yahoo group called the Global Filipino Diaspora Council show Robredo supporters led by US-based businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis calling for rallies against the Duterte administration.
"[Duterte] asked for an extension of another six months. Extension denied! Join Duterte Resign Movement," read an e-mail allegedly from Lewis. She was referring to Duterte's statement he would step down if he could not solve the country's drug problem in six months.
Lewis denied being a part of any plot to oust Duterte.
"First, no plot to oust Duterte. The Duterte Resign Movement is based on President Duterte's own words that he would resign if drugs are still rampant six months after his inauguration," she said in a statement Tuesday.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he is convinced that Robredo is connected with the so-called Global Filipino Diaspora Council, though he added his department was leaving it up to police to verify the email messages.
"As a matter of fact, there's an investigation by the police agencies; the National Security Council," Aguirre said in a press briefing Tuesday in the Justice Department.
Robredo, speaking to reporters on Monday, denied any knowledge of or involvement in the group.