Thursday, September 27, 2018

Defense Secretary on 'Red October' plot to oust President Duterte: "Is real and something that needs to be taken seriously."



President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Image credit to Rappler
In a statement by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, he put emphasis on the 'Red October' plot by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Lorenzana reiterated that this plot is real with basis and needs to be taken seriously despite the claims from the communist party that this is fictional and just a strategy of the government. 


“Their (CPP-NPA) plot to oust the president is true. They only deny it because it was already uncovered,” Lorenzana said.

According to a Abe Purugganan, a retired general and a veteran warrior who spent his military career in Mindanao said on his Facebook how Defense Secretary Lorenzana with reputation on speaking the truth must be someone we need to believe in.


Abraham Purugganan, photo from Twitter.
"Sec Lorenzana is a diligent worker of government. He takes his job seriously. He does not fool around like many politicians are or even bureaucrats. He is a warrior, a patriot, a veteran of counterinsurgency. He takes seriously the enemies of the state. When he asserts something like the Red October, he is serious. As DND Secretary, he has the entire intelligence community of the AFP under his command to validate and confirm intelligence." Purugganan said in his Facebook post.


President Rodrigo R. Duterte listens to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during a briefing at Bahay Malago inside the Presidential Security Group. Image and caption credit to ABS-CBN News

Image credit to The Philippine Star
Lorenzana mentioned that the military troops found documents in November 2016 in Northern Mindanao during the period of  CPP-NPA peace talks with them.

“They started to fully implement the plan called “Oust Duterte” in February 2017 after the president cancelled the peace talks. The ouster was supposed to culminate this October..They reckon that a new president would be more willing to resume the peace talks with them,” Lorenzana said.


THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW — Defense Secretary Lorenzana. Image credit to Global Friends of Du30
Lorenzana added, the Communist group is planning for another EDSA People Power where they can convince mass group to join their protest against President Duterte. 

“It was their hope that other groups would join to create the desired snowball. There were rallies staged in the recent past. However, they woefully failed to attract people to join except their usual paid rallysts,” Lorenzana said.

“But what else is new? The CPP-NPA has been trying to topple administration after another since 1968. They can deny all they want but we know otherwise by their actions,” he added.

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Source: Manila Bulletin