AMID skepticism over the “Red October plot”, the Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday insisted that it is a real and present danger and it involves not just the Communist Party of the Philippines but also students, labor groups and other opposition members.
During the hearing on the budget deliberation of the Department of National Defense, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV inquired about the “Red October” plot to which even the opposition senators and the Liberal Party was dragged.
AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. detailed the “Red October” plot as a combined armed struggle and legal struggle by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) using a broad coalition with all the opposition, including the youth or student and labor sectors.
He said that at least 10 universities in Metro Manila have been already organized by the plotters to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
“And right now they are making a lot of information drive wherein they will show to high school and even college students the different atrocities committed during the Marcos regime and equate that to present administration.”
Galvez noted one school, the University of the Philippines (UP), where he said CPP founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison has conducted a lot of conferences.
He added that the plot involves the so-called “Operation Talsik” and “Operations Aklasan” which involves labor protests combined with tactical offenses in the countryside which had the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA).
The plan also involves “successive mass mobilization starting on September 21 up to the 50th anniversary of the CPP in December.” The students, he said, would orchestrate the “Lakbayan Europe.”
Claiming that the “Red October” plot is not a work of fiction, the general insisted that they have documents to prove its existence but said they can only reveal the papers in an executive session.
“We unearthed this Oplan Aklasan with the publication of the Constitution of the CPP-NPA, dated 2016,” he said.
Galvez also said that the plot was designed to force President Duterte to declare Martial Law nationwide and put up a revolutionary government.
He added that they have already identified previous destabilizers who could be involved in the ouster plot.
But after Duterte tagged the Liberal Party and the Magdalo group as involved in the plot, the AFP cleared Trillanes and fellow opposition Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan of any involvement.
Trillanes directly asked Galvez if they see him and Pangilinan as involved in “Red October” which Galvez said, “No sir.”
“I’m glad Sir, at least maliwanag yun kasi talagang hindi namin gagawin yun,” Trillanes replied.
He added that as long as the CPP-NPA are killing Filipino soldiers, he will never join them.