by Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN News
HAYWARD, CA — Pro-Duterte groups gathered in Manila, calling for the ouster of Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The rally came after the release of a video, showing Robredo addressing the United Nations about her criticism of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Similar events were held in the US — like this rally in Hayward.
“This is like a war. This is a war of ideology, and this is a war of principle, and we will never falter,” said Kelly Dayag, from Brotherhood for Duterte USA.
These kababayans say they are disgusted by the vice president’s remarks.
“The substance of the speeches actually tantamount to a hearsay, because there is no proof that the EJK is state-sponsored,” Dayag said. “That alone is very disastrous, and that alone puts the president and the whole country in a bad light.”
Supporters of President Duterte continue to call for robredo’s impeachment or resignation, despite Duterte’s call to leave her alone.
“We just had an election. Guys, lay off. Stop it. Do other things, but do not tinker with the structure of government. I will not countenance it,” he said. “Elected yung tao. why do you have to, just because she keeps harping on me? Hayaan mo, this is a democracy.”
Bong Aralar agrees with the President but still feels Robredo was wrong.
“I support President Duterte there but, like I was explaining earlier; yes, we need to say something to send a message,” Aralar said. “To Leni; she shouldn’t be saying what she’s saying. It’s not doing any good for her, nor for the country. It’s doing the country a lot of harm.”
These kababayans say that now more than ever, every Filipino, whether citizen or public official, needs to support the president and stop fighting amongst each other.
“President Duterte has been out there for nine months and look at the accomplishments he’s done in that nine months,” Aralar said. “So people love him.”
“It is Mrs. Robredo that is very critical and is the one trying to silence us, threatening the social media people of cases in court and even calling us trolls. We are not trolls, because I have a face. I have an identity.”
Duterte told reporters recently that he refuses to comment on the anti-Robredo rallies.
Meanwhile, kababayans in Northern California say they will support the president, by speaking out against his critics.