By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured the public that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the agency’s personnel will not support “Red October,’’ a movement supposedly hatched to destabilize the government.
DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año issued the assurance as reports continued to circulate that there had been recruitment of soldiers for the Red October plot.
He explained the ouster plot is part of the Red October project of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its allied and front organizations, a grand scheme to foment labor unrest and agitation among urban poor and peasant communities, as well as to form alliance with other opposition groups.
The DILG chief prodded the public to continue with their normal daily tasks stating that the loyalty of the police and the DILG and its attached agencies remains with the Constitution as they would resist moves to topple the Duterte administration that will create havoc and turmoil.
Chief Insp. Xavier Solda spokesman of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) one of the DILG’s attached agencies guaranteed that the bureau will remain loyal to the Constitution.
Año has remained confident that police personnel will not entertain the idea of getting involved in the so-called “Red October” plot because the morale of the PNP is high and the administration has always been supportive of the uniformed services.
Año noted it is only under the term of President Duterte that the police got solid backing in its anti-criminality and anti-illegal drugs campaign aside from the huge increase in the salary and allowances of the police starting January this year.
While giving assurances that the DILG’s uniformed members will not be involved in ouster plots, the DILG is currently monitoring and validating reports that there were attempts to recruit police officers to the Red October plot uncovered by the AFP.
“We received information on initial recruitments for the Red October plot early this month. Thus, I am still reminding all PNP personnel to stay nonpartisan and be loyal to the constitution and duly constituted authorities,” Año said.
The CPP is using its legal organizations like its labor and student movements to agitate unrest through Oplan Aklasan in coordination with opposition groups.
Año said the CPP despite its constant denial of its Oplan Red October plot has been trying to topple every administration since 1968.
He said Oplan Red October is the CPP’s last quarter campaign for 2018 aligned with its 50th founding anniversary in November