Malacañang on Saturday, September 9, warned the public against “malignant elements” who may be conspiring to sabotage President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against criminality and illegal drugs.
In a statement aired over Radyo Pilipinas, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella stressed how the recent killings of three teenagers in the country could be a ploy to discredit the Duterte administration.
“The recent killings apparently targeting the youth should be viewed with suspicion and urgency,” he stressed.
Abella said the President’s campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs has adversely affected many powerful narco-politicians and extremely wealthy drug lords who flourished prior to his administration.
Hence, he said it should not come as a surprise that such “malignant elements” would conspire to sabotage the administration’s centerpiece program.
These plots may include creating scenarios stoking public anger against the government, Abella added.
President Duterte himself earlier raised the possibility that the killings of three teenage boys were done to sabotage the country’s police force.