THE communists are slowly infiltrating the ranks of some of the country’s biggest workers’ groups and taking advantage of current labor issues to attract more sympathizers as part of their reported “Red October” plot to unseat the Duterte administration, the Journal Group was told yesterday.
At least two top-level security sources who demanded anonymity since they are not allowed to speak on the matter said the NutriaAsia strike in Marilao, Bulacan is a “test case” of the leftist move. NutriaAsia, the manufacturer of popular condiments such as Datu Puti vinegar, Mang Tomas sauce, and UFC ketchup has been hit by a strike triggered by workers’ complaints about poor wages and working condition.
Violence erupted in the area when police and company security guards clashed with the protesting workers. Both sides claimed they did not start the bloody confrontation which ended with the arrest and detention of 17 strikers and their supporters.
Poor working conditions as well as labor-only contracting practices in full violation of labor laws and general labor standards being committed by some giant companies in the country are reportedly being taken advantage of by groups trying to muster more muscles to join their “oust Duterte” campaign, the first source claimed.
Across the country, police and military intelligence agents have monitored some groups attempting to infiltrate companies which are the subject of complaints from their employees.
In Mandaue City in Cebu, troops have monitored a reported “boycottOishiNow” movement being spearheaded by the Anakbayan U.P. Cebu. Target of the strike is the Liwayway Marketing Corporation which has been accused of employing contractual workers for 10 years already, the other source said.
Some employees of local electric cooperatives are also being recruited allegedly by the CPP/NPA/NDF to add strength to their cause.
Last Wednesday, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that some soldiers and policemen are being recruited to participate in the “oust Duterte plot” which is reportedly being backed up by communist and mainstream opposition leaders.
The alleged destabilization effort has been referred to by the Armed Forces as “Red October” plot. Secretary Año said he received information of the alleged recruitment of soldiers and police officers by personalities outside the uniformed services shortly after Duterte returned from his visit to Israel and Jordan from September 2 to 5.
“Meron lang nakita ang Armed Forces na some sort of initial recruitment. ‘Yun ang naging basis na kailangang maging proactive tayo,” said Año, a former Armed Forces chief of staff who said that members of the AFP and the Philippine National Police should not engage in partisan politics and remain solid behind the Constitution and the duly-constituted authorities.
The DILG chief tagged the CPP/NPA/NDF as the ones spearheading the ouster efforts.“I cannot say who heads the plan. But based on recovered documents, it’s the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army),” he said.
The official also said there is no need for a “loyalty check” on the AFP and the PNP whose officers and men are on a high morale knowing the very huge support they are getting from the present administration.