‘Red October’ destabilization link to LP a ‘discredited Tom Clancy thriller’ – Drilon

Published September 26, 2018, 12:45 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Hannah Torregoza

Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday rejected anew attempts linking the Liberal Party stalwarts to an alleged plot to oust the Duterte administration.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Drilon, a stalwart of the former ruling party, said the allegations are just like an ‘old familiar tune.’

“This is an old familiar tune and it sounds like a broken record,” Drilon told reporters in a text message.

The minority leader further described the supposed “Red October” destabilization plot a “discredited fantasy tale taken from a Tom Clancy thriller.”

“This opposition-communist ‘Red October’ destabilization plot is a discredited fantasy tale taken from a Tom Clancy thriller and being peddled by those who wish to undermine our democracy to justify the declaration of a so-called revolutionary government,” Drilon pointed out.

The Senate minority chief further denied that the LP is part of any plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We, in the Liberal Party, strongly deny being part of any destabilization plot. We adhere to the rule of law and the supremacy of the 1987 Constitution,” Drilon said.

“We are loyal to our democratic system where government leaders are chosen directly by the people through peaceful, orderly and honest elections,” he said.

For his part, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said he also has doubts over the veracity of the information of the President.

“In the realm of possibilities, nothing is impossible,” Escudero said also in a separate text message.

“I have no access to information that the President may have but, from where I am coming from, I believe it is highly doubtful and unlikely to the extent that it will pose a serious threat to the administration of PRRD (Duterte’s initials),” added Escudero.