DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The confluence of various democratic forces would ultimately bring down Duterte administration and not the so-called Red October ouster plot as claimed by the military, the Communist Party of the Philippines said on Thursday.
“Given the increasingly difficult economic conditions of the people and rising internal political conflicts within the Duterte regime, the Party anticipates protests to continue to mount in the coming months,” the CPP said.
CPP hit out AFP Chief-of-Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez’s claim that the communist group is pushing Duterte to declare martial law nationwide through its wildly concocted “Red October” ouster plot.
Galvez has also red-tagged 18 Metro Manila universities supposedly involved in the plot.
The CPP maintained that there is no Red October plot, saying “the more Duterte and the AFP are trying to prove this so-called plot, the more they sound incredulous. To now claim that the CPP will create chaos supposedly like in Plaza Miranda to force Duterte to fulfill his most ardent wish, is at best, lazy and clumsy. The claim simply defies logic.”
“Why should the CPP push for martial law nationwide when it has repeatedly condemned and called for the lifting of martial law in Mindanao? Why should it push for something which has relentlessly inflicted atrocious crimes on the people?” the CPP asked.
It added the claim “demonstrates the AFP’s willingness to perpetuate and even repeat the myth of the Plaza Miranda bombings which Marcos used to justify imposing martial law nationwide in 1972.”
“Duterte and his ilk are even planning to militarize state agencies against these organizations in the guise of creating an inter-agency task force to “end the communist insurgency.” The AFP and Duterte are determined to silence and suppress the widespread social grievances of the people,” the CPP said. (davaotoday.com)