Robredo distances herself from rally calling for Duterte's resignation

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) — Vice President Leni Robredo clarified on Thursday she is not involved in the mobilization of protesters set on February 22 to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

Robredo, who has voiced out her opposition to some of Duterte's policies and actions, distanced herself from a rally scheduled on Saturday. 

"Hayagan ko pong sinasabi: Hindi ako bahagi ng anumang panawagang bumaba sa puwesto si Pangulong Duterte. Ang panawagan ko lang, sana gawin nating lahat ang trabaho natin bilang mga lingkod-bayan," she said in a statement.

A group called "Bunyog" hopes the protest held ahead of the 34th EDSA People Power Revolution of February 25 will pressure Duterte to resign. It said there are no politicians or prominent personalities behind their rally plans.

Robredo said the freedom to assemble and freedom of speech are part of the Filipinos' constitutional rights.

The sedition complaint against Robredo for her supposed involvement in an ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte was dismissed this month.