By Mario Casayuran
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) must reveal to the Filipino people its declassified intelligence report that there is indeed a plot to unseat President Duterte.
“Whatever basis of the information that the AFP has in the alleged plot to unseat the president should not be taken lightly it being a serious accusation. Having said that, if only for the fact that the AFP leadership itself has declassified such info, the onus to show proof rests on their shoulders,” said Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.
“Otherwise, we can’t blame the opposition groups, even the public for suspecting that the AFP is engaging in some psyops to justify a ‘crackdown’ as alleged by those opposing the policies of the administration in dealing with a wide range of issues ranging from human rights, even foreign relations,” Lscson pointed out.
Lacson was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the abbreviated tenure of then President Joseph Estrada.
The AFP earlier said that the timely announcement of President Duterte of a brewing collusion between the Communist Party of the Philippines (APP) and “Yellow” groups allied with the Liberal Party (LP) for an ouster plot against the President pre-empted what should have been an attempt for another power grab called “Aklasan” (revolt).
Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., AFP chief of staff for operations on internal security operations (ISO), had confirmed information about an alliance between the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Tindig Pilipinas, an umbrella organization of groups identified with the LP and even the camp of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo to oust Duterte.
Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, a harsh critic of the President, stressed that his rightist group, Magdalo, would never join or forge an alliance with the CPP.
He maintained that Duterte himself has been sleeping with the enemy for having appointed some communists to government departments or agencies.
“To the credit of the intelligence community, alam nila na there is no such connivance (They know that there is no such connivance),” she said.