Palace: No apology needed for Hidilyn Diaz's prior inclusion in Duterte ouster matrix

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 27) — The Palace need not say sorry for Olympic gold medallist Hidilyn Diaz's prior inclusion in a matrix of individuals supposedly involved in a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, said his spokesman Harry Roque.

"Wala po. As spokesperson, wala po akong kahit anong binintang kay Hidilyn Diaz," Roque said when asked if Malacañang needs to apologize for the inclusion of the weightlifter in the matrix.

[Translation: None. As spokesperson, I never accused Hidilyn Diaz of anything.]

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo officially presented the matrix of individuals and entities allegedly conspiring to oust the President during his stint as his spokesman in 2019. Diaz was among the personalities included in the matrix. She expressed fear for her security and her family's. 

Panelo later clarified Diaz was not part of the alleged ouster plot. 

Roque denied he knew anything about the matrix.

"Sa tanggapan ko po — at iisa lang po ang opisyal na spokesperson, ako lang po 'yun — wala po kaming ganyan," he said.

[Translation: Under my office — and I'm the only official spokesperson — no such thing exists.]

The Cabinet official likewise congratulated Diaz for bagging the country's first Olympic gold, noting her victory is also of all Filipinos.