Updated 18:19 PM PHT Tue, January 10, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipino-American billionaire Loida Nicolas-Lewis said there is no plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Lewis' statement on her Facebook account appeared after Vice President Leni Robredo denied any involvement in a group — composed of her supporters — who are allegedly planning Duterte's removal from office.
Lewis said the "Duterte Resign Movement" emerged from Duterte's own words "that he would resign if drugs are still rampant six months after his inauguration."
She also backed Robredo's statement that she is not part of that group, whose email trail was leaked online and was dubbed "Lenileaks."
"Our group has been fighting for Overseas Filipinos' rights and Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea since its founding," Lewis said emphasizing that Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC) is a public space.
"Definitely, VP Leni has never been a member of the GFDC, as she is not living or working overseas," she said.
Lewis also said some of Duterte's Cabinet have a low tolerance for dissent and criticism.
"In a democracy, opinions of varying shades, either praise or criticism, are a staple ingredient of a vibrant democracy," said Lewis.
"Since when has criticism become an element of sedition," she asked.
Lewis said it is Robredo's political rival Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. who is causing destabilization "with his refusal to accept defeat" from Robredo in the vice presidential race.
Robredo's spokesperson Georgina Hernandez in an interview with CNN Philippines said the term "Lenileaks" is malicious — but the Vice President is not taking any legal action against those who are behind it.