The signs of efforts to oust President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte are getting clearer every passing day.  

Where these are coming from and who are behind these moves is anybody’s guess but intelligent speculations point to motivations coming from the United States of America (USA). 

Deliberate and well-orchestrated stories coming out in respected media show that the Philippine President is now subject of a well-planned, well-funded and elaborate propaganda, capitalizing on the President’s own lapses in dealing with mass media. 

The mind conditioning has started in planting the seeds of doubt on Filipinos over the President’s competence to lead the country. 

These are most apparent in the sudden play up for international concern over a drug, Fentanyl, which is described as more potent than the worst feared addictive drug like heroin and the resurgence and replay of Matobato, a self- proclaimed witness on the killings by the Davao Death Squad of Pres. Digong.

That signs point to the USA as behind this demolition job on the President cannot be avoided as the USA, using its own “killing squad”, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is publicly known to have overthrown governments not supportive to its economic and political interests. 

The question now in many in the responsible business and political groups is: Will Duterte survive against the USA where his idol, former President Ferdinand Marcos, failed?


Goldberg Blueprint 

Reports about plots to oust Digong have long been circulating even before the so-called Goldberg Blueprint was exposed a few days back by Manila Times publisher Dante A. Ang.

The Goldberg Blueprint is the alleged master plan drawn up by former US envoy to the Philippines Philip Goldberg specifically designed to bring the downfall of Digong.

In his story, Ang claimed that Goldberg strongly recommended to the State Department his proposal that details various plans to undermine Digong and eventually drive him out of office within one and a half year.


Crown Jewel

That Goldberg or the CIA for that matter would conspire with some local groups to undertake the mission was hardly surprising due to varying political, economic and personal reasons.

For the US and CIA people, they consider the Philippines as their personal possession and a crown jewel which they dangle in the international community to legitimize their presence in the West Philippine Sea also called the South China Sea where some US$3 –Trillion worth of commercial goods pass yearly.

This is not to mention the coveted minerals that include among others oil and gas deposits that are reportedly buried beneath the said controversial body of water.

The US highly-touted pivot to Asia also suffered a huge setback following Digong’s ascension to power when he opted to instead “dance” with China and Russia and dumped the country’s old friend and ally.

The move surely hurt not only US pride but also greatly affected their standing in the international community.

It did not help that Digong has refused to follow established protocols and the standard norms of the presidency with his scathing and acerbic remarks especially against those who openly criticize his human rights records and his bloody and brutal war on drugs.

His controversial statements and decisions such as allowing the burial of former President and Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos had earned for him countless enemies thus making it easier for plotters to recruit members and execute their plan.


Loida, Leila, Leni

Intelligence sources said the writing on the wall started to emerge after US-based Filipina- American businesswoman Loida Lewis a known supporter of the Liberal Party (LP) called on President Duterte to resign last December and allow VP Leni Robredo, a LP stalwart to replace him.

To justify her call, she took Digong to task over his alleged failure to solve the drug problems and corruption in the country within his promised six months.

“So his promise I will resign in 6 months if the drug epidemic is not solved, he should be true to that promise at least, no extension, resign now President Duterte,” she said. 

Nicolas-Lewis reportedly joined the call for Duterte’s resignation purportedly to prevent a plan to unseat Vice President Leni Robredo who was earlier eased out of the president’s cabinet.

She asked President Duterte to step down and let VP Leni become president stressing that Leni will solve drug and corruption problems “without killing anybody”.

A few days after Lewis started the ball rolling, Sen. Leila de Lima left for the United States allegedly on invitation from a popular international political magazine who gave her an award as among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers for standing up against Duterte who the paper dubbed as an extremist leader.

While in the US, the lady senator who was accused by the administration as mainly responsible in the proliferation of illegal drugs trade at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP), had a field day lambasting Duterte during a number of media interviews including with the influential CNN.

During the interviews, she accused him as human rights violator and the brains behind the spate of drug-related killings in the country.

She even called for the impeachment of Duterte who before her interview was quoted as saying that he personally killed some criminals during his time as Davao City mayor.

"These are mass murders," she said. "High crime is a ground for impeachment under (the) constitution."

"We Filipinos are God fearing because we're a Catholic country and therefore we all know the killing is bad, killing is insane, killing is against the law of both man and the law of God," De Lima said.

Her statements had prompted Amnesty International regional director Rafendi Djamin to comment that Duterte's rhetoric took "the meaning of 'state-sanctioned' violence to a whole new level."

Shortly thereafter, it was Leni’s turn to go to the US purportedly to fulfill a long awaited plan for a family reunion and vacation.

Many skeptics however say that she went there to meet with Lewis and their CIA handlers apparently to discuss plans about how to topple Digong.


Grand Scheme

Intelligence analysts claim that those series of moves were part of a grand scheme to oust Digong even as they also noted that the US has also already started to implement the media component of the plot.

The plotters are reportedly using big and influential media entities both here and the US to “lay the groundwork and secure sympathy and support among the public”.

They noted that after Loida, Leila and Leni went one after the other in lambasting Duterte using the US media platform,  even Edgar Matobato, a self- confessed killer and alleged member of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), was interviewed lengthily by CNN.


Killer With a Conscience

During his CNN interview, Matobato who was described by the CNN report as a killer with a conscience, detailed Digong’s alleged role in the extra-judicial killings when he was still the mayor of Davao City.

The intelligence experts noted that although Matobato said nothing new in his CNN interview, he was still given ample time for the purpose of attracting the attention of the local media.

As expected, the local media took the bait hook, line and sinker when a local daily followed up the story with an “exclusive” interview with Matobato who claimed that he witnessed President Duterte kill eight times.

He said the killings happened between 1998 and 2000. But he could neither give details of the incidents that mostly happened in a gravel quarry on the outskirts of the city nor the identities of the victims except for a National Bureau of Investigation agent he identified only as a certain “Amisola.”


Framing the Angles

The analysts noted the interviews on Loida, Leila , Leni and even Motabato were framed in such a way that the alleged sadistic and violent behaviors of Digong would be highlighted.

Obviously it was aimed to convince the public that he was a human rights violator with no qualms on killing whoever that might stand on his way.

They added that shortly after Matobato’s story came out of CNN, a local TV network conducted its own special report on Duterte’s war on drugs and counted the number of  those killed , arrested and have surrendered.

The same report came out complete with interviews on the relatives of slain suspects as well as those of were killed by unknown vigilantes including former Albuerra, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa.


No Mention of De Lima

But what caught the attention of the analysts was that not a single line was mentioned about the alleged involvement of De Lima in the illegal drugs trade as well as the results of the inquiries at both houses of Congress.

“It was obvious that the special report on TV was also framed to highlight only the drug related killings for the people to be afraid of Duterte and his anti-drugs campaign while conveniently allowing de Lima to virtually go scot-free for obvious reasons” one of the analysts explained.   



Surprisingly, those wanting to oust Duterte appear to have an endless supply of issues they could use to raise against him.

And more often than not, the source of their attacks is no other than President Duterte himself.

Among the latest issues they took against him was when he admitted that he was using fentanyl to ease his pain because of a lingering illness.

His candid admission has resulted to a series of criticisms heaped against him by his critics among them Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and De Lima who lost no time in implying that Duterte could be making some sensitive decisions and statements while under the influence of the prescribed drug.

This developed as some foreign newspapers have started to develop stories concerning fentanyl in an obvious attempt to spread the (mis)information that it was a deadly drug of choice by some drug dependents in the US.

In an article, the New York Times said that fentanyl an anesthetic which is commonly used for surgery has surpassed heroin to become the deadliest drug on Long Island, killing at least 220 people there in 2016, according to medical examiners’ records.

The drug, fentanyl, is a synthetic opioid, which can be 100 times more potent than morphine.

The same report said that in New York City alone, more than 1,000 people are expected to die from drug overdose this year—the first recorded four-digit death total in city history, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Duterte Knows Ouster Plot

By all indications, it appears that there is indeed an ongoing move to drive Digong out of his post but the good thing is that he was aware of the plan.

In a statement last month, Duterte blasted what he described as his “yellow” critics whom he said could not accept defeat and wanted to oust him from power.

He emphasized that the yellow groups wanted him out because they wanted their partymate Vice President Robredo to be in power.

“They wanted me out…of course the Vice President will take over. You had your chance,” he said. “When did the drug problem blossom?” Duterte asked, apparently referring to the previous administration.


No move to oust Duterte 

As expected, LP has been adamantly denying any plan to remove Duterte using unconstitutional means.

LP spokesman Barry Gutierrez also denied Duterte's claim that "yellow forces" are plotting to oust him from presidency.

VP Robredo, the highest LP member with an elected post, should benefit in the event that Digong was ousted. 


US Embassy’s Denial 

Just like the LP, the US Embassy also denied the existence of a “blueprint” to oust Duterte from power.

Press attaché Molly Koscina said the US-Philippine relationship was broad and the alliance between the two countries was “one of the most enduring and important relationships in the Asia Pacific region”.

“We continue to focus on our broad relationship with the Philippines, and will work together in the many areas of mutual interest to improve the livelihoods of the Philippine people and uphold our shared democratic values,” Koscina stressed.