Newly appointed and incoming Presidential spokesperson Atty Harry Roque was put on the spotlight in his very first briefing since Ernesto Abella was booted out af Malacañan palace.
He was asked about the claim of President Rodrigo Duterte early statements that the United States of America Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is part of the grand conspiracy of the destabilization plot to undermine his almost two year old administration.
Speaking for the first time with the Malacañan Press Corps, he stood by the president that the CIA has a destabilization plot against the Duterte administration. *
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"The President has access to information that he only has access to. I have not seen it. But I trust and believe that my President will not say anything without factual basis," Roque said.
"I stand by whatever my President says," Roque added.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, in a forum with foreign correspondents on October 26, denied that the CIA was planning to oust Duterte.
Kim's statement came following Duterte's earlier allegation that the CIA wanted him out of the government.
Prior to his claim, the President also accused the CIA of carrying out a plan to kill him.
Reacting to Kim's remark, Roque said the current administration was "happy," if the CIA is indeed not mulling to remove Duterte from office.
"Well, if that is true, we're happy. But if the President says there is [destabilization efforts against him], I have no position to dispute what the President says," he said.
The United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim lweeks ago highlighted the United States very important role it played along side the Philippinetroops in the liberation of Marawi City in the hands of the islamic extremists- Maute group.
"We had P-3s (surveillance planes), Grey Eagles (drones) providing crucial intelligence information to the Armed Forces of the Philippines so that they would be able to carry out operations necessary to retake Marawi."