By Martin Sadongdong
“Red October,” an alleged massive connivance of communist rebels with various opposition groups to dethrone President Duterte, has already been “dissolved,” the Department of National Defense (DND) revealed Friday.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said this is because the plan had been uncovered and made public so the groups allegedly involved in the ouster plot decided not to push through with it.
“Wala na, hindi na natuloy ‘yan kasi nabuking sila eh (It won’t push through because they were busted),” Lorenzana said.
“There was a… we got a document really stating nakalagay doon (it was stated there) ‘Red October.’ Eh noong ilabas ‘yun ng AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] eh nag-ano eh. Kasi initially mayroong mga kumpul-kumpol na grupo pero noong mabisto nagkalasan na kaya hindi na matutuloy. (When the AFP released it, they [backed out.] Initially, there were groups teaming up but when they were discovered, they started to break away so this will not push through anymore),” he explained.
Duterte first raised the possibility last month that the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes and the “Yellows,” apparently referring to the Liberal Party, have been conniving to oust him from power.
The military confirmed there was a plot to destabilize the government but AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. later cleared the Liberal Party and Trillanes from the supposed ouster plan.
Prior to this, the military also tagged cause-oriented groups Tindig Pilipinas, Block Marcos, and CFJ or the group that supports former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno among others.
Earlier this month, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, AFP deputy chief of staff for operations, said the CPP had been recruiting members in at least 18 schools in Metro Manila.
This resulted in a meeting between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) officials to plan a dialogue between the AFP-PNP and school administrators, not only in Metro Manila but in other provinces as well.
Asked if the ouster plot was just shelved and would soon be launched again in the following months, Lorenzana said they have to verify the information first.
For now, Lorenzana said the public should enjoy the joyous holiday season.
“Wala na ‘yang Red October na ‘yan, lusaw na. White Christmas siguro kasi Pasko na eh. (There’s no more Red October because it’s already dissolved. Probably White Christmas because it’s Christmas already),” Lorenzana quipped.