Lawyers’ group eyes charges vs. people behind ‘Oust Duterte’ matrix

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — A lawyers’ group on Tuesday said it plans to press charges against those behind the controversial “ouster plot” matrix, which linked its members to the alleged plan to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.

The National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL) said it is still studying which case to file, but insisted the lawyers will definitely run after the people who implicated them.

“The public vilification was made officially by the Office of the President and the PNP immediately operationalized it by immediately ordering an investigation,” said NUPL’s Ephraim Cortez during a forum at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

“The matrix now serves an order of battle. It must be noted that General (Oscar) Albayalde ordered an investigation even before he had the opportunity to determine the existence and authenticity of the matrix,” he added.

Malacañang on April 22 tagged the NUPL, several journalists and news-related organizations as among those involved in the supposed ongoing destabilization plot against Duterte.

The other journalists who were implicated have also denied and condemned the allegations.

News organization VERA Files slammed the matrix released by the Palace, and pointed out the lack of concrete evidence to back up the allegations.

Malacañang, however, said it is not its responsibility to show proof for the claims.

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CNN Philippines Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.