Liberal senators criticized the administration for continually insisting that the party has a plan to destabilize government.
“Ang kritisismo at pagpapahayag ng saloobin ay mga haligi ng demokrasya at hindi dapat ituring na destabilisasyon laban sa pamahalaan,” said Partido Liberal president Sen. Francis Pangilinan.
Sen. Bam Aquino said top government officials should stop floating news about destabilization as the Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) already declared that it has monitored no moves to oust President Duterte from his post.
“Ilang beses nang sinabi ng AFP na walang plano nang destabilisasyon laban sa kanyang gobyerno,” said Sen. Aquino.
“Bago sana magbitiw ng salita, mas maganda kung kokonsultahin muna ang mga nauukol na opisyal upang matiyak na ito’y totoo at hindi base lang sa tsismis o fake news,” added Sen. Bam.
Sen. Franklin Drilon said the administration should be open to criticisms and use these to improve governance and not consider them as destabilization moves.
“The administration needs to learn to take criticisms as these can also help improve ways of running the country,” said Drilon.
On Thursday, President Duterte urged his critics, like the Partido Liberal and the communist group, to band together and form a single group against him.