Posted at Dec 09 2016 01:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2016 02:17 PM
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MANILA - Supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed to protect him against any effort to remove him from power. At a press conference, members of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte Executive Coordinating Committee (MRRD NECC) said issues such as the alleged extra-judicial killings (EJK) in the country and the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the heroes' cemetery are being used against Duterte.
Interior Undersecretary John Catriciones alleged that some forces were trying to "make the President look bad so they can remove him from his position." "At all cost we will try our very best...in order to really protect the democracy that has been established through our elections," he said. "We would like to maintain the administration because we saw that this administration has the power and the capability in order to really create the genuine change that we have been trying to advocate ever since the election," he added.
MRRD NECC president Samuel Ocampo said alleged extra-judicial killings of drug suspects under Duterte are an "illusion." "The term EJK already prejudges every murder committed against anyone as government-initiated, which is not the case," he said. "There is no statute in Philippine laws that punishes EJK as a crime... it is a political term used to demean the government," he added.
The group spoke out after Duterte said "yellows" might be plotting to install Vice President Leni Robredo if their supposed plan to oust him succeeds. He added that they were fanning anti-Marcos sentiments to undermine him. Robredo and the Liberal Party, however, have denied the allegation.