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PRESIDENT Duterte on Monday accused the Liberal Party (LP) of mounting moves to unseat him by highlighting the issue of human rights violations. “Let’s not fool ourselves. Do you know who’s behind this? It’s the yellow,” the President said, referring to the LP’s political color. Addressing the oath-taking rites of his new appointees in Malaca├▒ang, he said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and US President Barack Obama also “rode” on the issue of human rights abuses regarding his administration’s bloody war against drugs.




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“They think that if they can build a case against me, I’ll be impeached,” he said. “My God! I tell you frankly, when I assumed office, in this quest of mine, I have prepared to lose my honor, my life and the presidency.” The Liberal Party (LP) National Executive Council on Wednesday morning will meet to decide on its slate for the 2016 elections. The ruling party’s members have started to arrive by 8 a.m. at the LP headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. President Benigno Aquino III will preside over the meeting, which will determine the rest of the party slate.




READ: LP to announce VP bet, Senate slate on Oct. 5 Former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has already been endorsed by Aquino as LP’s presidential bet. The party has yet to decide on its candidate for vice president, although Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is being considered.



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READ: Drilon: Leni Robredo is LP’s VP | Leni Robredo gets more time to decide but LP sources say she’s Roxas’ VP Pampanga 3rd District Representative Oscar Rodriguez, who came early to the event, said Robredo is “very capable.” He said she is “one of the best” legislators he has worked with. He said Robredo may feel the pressure because it has become “a question of family or nation” but that she can still strike a balance if she decides to run under LP. Kristine Angeli Sabillo, INQUIRER.net/CDG



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