Gamboa: coup plots doomed

February 24, 2020
Archie Francisco F. Gamboa

Brushing off coup rumors, PNP chief says President Duterte is safe with police and military solidly behind him

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday brushed off rumors of an impending plot to destabilize the government and oust President Duterte from power saying any such effort will not succeed without the help of the PNP and the Armed Forces.

The PNP chief also said that groups and personalities trying to undermine the Duterte administration are known for spreading coup rumors each time the country marks the 1986 People Power revolution which forced then strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos out of Malacañang Palace and replaced with Corazon Aquino.

“Ganoon naman palagi, ‘pag malapit na ‘yung EDSA People Power Revolution anniversary, o may mag-oust. May nangyari ba? They cannot afford because they don’t have the support of the police and the military. We assure the public that there’s no such thing that would be supported by the PNP nor the AFP,” the PNP chief said.

The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 said that the PNP and the Armed Forces, which is headed by his mistah Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., as well as all AFP service commanders stand solid behind the Duterte administration.

The PNP chief likewise said that the high trust ratings being enjoyed by President Duterte should also discourage those who want to unseat him.

The former Davao City mayor is known for enjoying the full trust and confidence of the armed services since he took over the presidency in July 2016 and doubled the salary of soldiers and policemen and embarked on a massive program to modernize the PNP and the AFP by providing the two agencies with the latest weapons and equipment they need to fight criminality, insurgency and terrorism.

However, Gen. Gamboa maintained that under a democratic system, people are allowed to voice their sentiments against the government provided that they do not violate any law and inconvenience the rest of the general public.

“You know, it’s a democratic country kaya paminsan-minsan lumalabas ‘yun. Ganoon naman ang ginagawa nila eh doon sa mga discontented na hindi satisfied sa performance ng government,” he said.

Last Saturday, a very small group of anti-government protesters gathered at the People Power Monument along EDSA, Quezon City to call for the ouster of President Duterte anew.

Today, intelligence reports said an “Oust Duterte Rally” will be held at the People Power Monument. The National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas has ensured that all security preparations are in place to keep peace and order  and prevent any trouble during the  event.