Sen. Ping: With all due respect to Cayetano, Plan B theory is far-fetched

  • Lacson weighed in on Cayetano’s claim of LP plot to oust Duterte
  • He said Cayetano should have refrained from saying it during Senate hearing
  • He also said he knows Robredo, believes she won’t go that far

MANILA, Philippines – Aside from casting his doubts on Sen. Leila de Lima’s witness alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS) member Edgar Matobato, Sen. Ping Lacson said he also finds Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s claim of a Liberal Party (LP) plot against President Rodrigo Duterte improbable.

According to Lacson, a supposed “Plan B” to remove Duterte from the presidency takes a stretch of the imagination to stomach.

“With all due respect to Alan Peter Cayetano, I think his projection is quite a stretch,” he told Philippine Star. “I believe it has no basis.”

“It seems out of bounds, for lack of a better description. Out of bounds because the speculation was not supposed to be made during such hearing,” the senator added.

At the same time, Lacson said he knows Vice President Leni Robredo and believes she won’t go that far just to become president.

“I know VP Leni personally. I am not that close to her, but I don’t see her as one who would go through that just to assume the presidency,” he said.

During the Senate hearing, Cayetano questioned whether De Lima’s inquiry and Matobato’s testimony is part of the LP plot to discredit and oust Duterte.

His statement elicited a rebuttal from Robredo who said she personally assured Duterte that no such plot exists.

“We are offended by Senator Cayetano’s accusation that the Liberal Party is plotting to oust the President and that I will be the intended beneficiary of this plan,” she said. “In yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, I personally made the assurance that no such plan exists and we continue to support the reforms of this administration.”