Com­mu­nist ef­fort to oust Duterte ‘has failed’

Gulf Times - - PHILIPPINES - By Dempsey Reyes

The “Red Oc­to­ber” plot al­legedly be­ing brewed by the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP) is fiz­zling and De­fence Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana has said he was look­ing for­ward to a “White Christ­mas” in­stead.

“That (Red Oc­to­ber plot) will not pros­per any­more since we have un­cov­ered their plans from the start,” Loren­zana told re­porters on the side­lines of the In­ter­na­tional Day for Disas­ter Re­duc­tion 2018 in Que­zon City.

De­spite the ap­par­ently aborted plot, he in­sisted that the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) was able to re­trieve doc­u­ments af­ter armed clashes with the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA), con­tain­ing plans to oust Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The “Red Oc­to­ber” plot was sup­posed to take place on Oc­to­ber 17, as ear­lier an­nounced by the mil­i­tary through Brig. Gen. An­to­nio Par­lade Jr, as­sis­tant deputy chief of staff for op­er­a­tions.

Par­lade had also re­leased a list of uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges al­legedly be­ing used as re­cruit­ment grounds by the CPP and its armed wing, the NPA.

Among the 18 schools on the list are the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines Dil­i­man, UP Manila, Polytech­nic Univer­sity of the Philip­pines, Ate­neo de Manila Univer­sity, De La Salle Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Santo To­mas, Adam­son Univer­sity and Far East­ern Univer­sity.

“When the AFP dis­closed the plot, ini­tially, they (plot­ters) were col­lab­o­rat­ing with sev­eral groups but when their plans were ex­posed by the AFP, they scam­pered, which is the rea­son why the plot­ters will not pur­sue it any­more,” ac­cord­ing to Loren­zana.

In­stead of a “Red Oc­to­ber,” the De­fence chief said in jest that he would rather opt to look for­ward to a happy De­cem­ber.

“Maybe White Christ­mas since the hol­i­day sea­son is ap­proach­ing,” he added, when asked if there would be colour­cod­ing in the com­ing months.

The sup­posed scut­tling by the CPP and the NPA of the “Red Oc­to­ber” plot came af­ter the com­mu­nists them­selves and the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion, among other so-called desta­bilis­ers, laughed off the al­leged plot to boot out Duterte from Mala­canang.

Last month, Par­lade told a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view that mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion, par­tic­u­larly from the Lib­eral Party (LP), were con­niv­ing with the com­mu­nists to re­move the pres­i­dent.

He, how­ever, re­tracted his state­ment, say­ing some of the LP mem­bers with­drew their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ouster plot af­ter re­al­is­ing it was hatched by the com­mu­nists.

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