By Francis Wakefield
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Assistant Deputy Chief for Operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Sunday said despite then exposing a plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte from power, the communist side is still pushing through with their plan.
In an interview, Parlade said that aside from Oplan Aklasan, the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), are also planning to conduct what he calls Daluyong Manggagawa where peasants and workers will take part in social unrest.
One example of social unrest is rioting or when a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way. Another example is a rebellion, which is similar to a riot, but is generally planned and more organized. Social unrest can also be expressed through peaceful protesting, also known as nonviolent resistance.
“Tuloy ‘yan meron pa silang Daluyong Mangagagawa (That will push through. They also will have what they call Daluyong Manggagawa),” Parlade said.
“Koda nila yan. Meron silang activity na tinatawag na Daluyong Mangagawa. Parang ano ito e, kasama diyan ‘yung, parang social unrest among itong mangangawa, mga peasants, meron silang ganun, ngayong October ‘yun. (That’s their koda. They have this activity what they call Daluyong Mangagawa. It’s like, part of it is social unrest among workers, peasants. they have that this October).”
“It will have various phases.,that’s part of Red October,” he added.
Parlade however said that despite their plans to unseat the president, chances of it to become successful is very slim considering that they cannot generate enough support from schools, the church, union members, etc.
He added that their plan will have two tracks. Aside from social unrest, the communist side is also planning to conduct tactical offensives or coordinated attacks in the whole
Parlade said the tactical offensive will start from October up to November of this year.
“The tactical offensives will be conducted on police stations and army posts. Their objective is to show that they are still a force to reckon with. Fortunately, their previous attacks like in Sorsogon, in Mindanao which are near highways and towns were a failure,” he said.
Parlade said government troops are on alert to thwart the planned attacks by the Reds.
Parlade earlier revealed that were able to recover documents that various anti-Duterte groups are plotting to unseat President Duterte from power.
Parlade said their main objective is to oust President Duterte using issues like extrajudicial killings, martial law, inflation, the increase in the prices of basic commodities, and tyranny of the media, including the opposition.
“The plan will always be there because Jose Maria Sison was the one orchestrating. So they weren’t successful this September 21 but there will still be a plan this coming October. They call that Red October., the international celebration ng communism, Marxism and then Indigenous People’s month. So they will maximize the exploitation of the IPs so they target the Lumads here in the Philippines,” he said.