• Leila de Lima warned the public against President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘malevolent’ plan to make Bongbong Marcos his successor
  • De Lima said Duterte’s demolishing Robredo’s public image to make it easier for the public to accept Marcos’ “fake victory”
  • The Palace said the President’s “personal assessments” won’t affect the proceedings at the Supreme Court

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima warned the public to remain vigilant and resist President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan of seating Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as his replacement before his term ends.

“Now, more than ever, citizens must rely on their own organic power to thwart any attempt to undermine constitutional democracy and to foist Duterte’s illegitimate choice of successor upon the Filipino people,” she said.

The lady Senator called it a “malevolent plan” to unseat Vice President Leni Robredo before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) and giving Marcos a “fake victory” regarding his protest against Robredo as the country’s Vice President.

To recall, Marcos filed a case against Robredo claiming he won the position in the May 2016 national poll.

De Lima said, as per an ABS-CBN New story, that among Duterte’s tactics is to demolish Robredo’s public image to make it easier for the public to accept Marcos’ “fake victory” against Robredo.

She added the votes to favor Marcos’ winning improved after the old justices retiring, and Duterte appointing new justices.

GMA News quoted a statement from the lady Senator saying, “Duterte has several ideas how he will be replaced in case he decides to step down before his term ends. He has expressed his preference for Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, a military junta [but] none of them include the constitutional mode of succession, which is the only legal way of replacing him.”

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s comments are his “personal assessments” and won’t affect the proceedings at the SC, sitting as PET, which is conducting a recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential race involving Marcos and Robredo.