A ranking official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday revealed that the plan to boost moves to oust President Duterte or destabilize his administration on the anniversary of the declaration of martial law was real.
According to AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, the AFP recovered documents stating that the opposition group Tindig Pilipinas almost forged an alliance with communist groups leading the September 21 plot but withdrew from it when they realized that it was led by communist leaders .
He said the movement against tyranny was planning to oust President Duterte and was aligning its efforts with opposition leaders like the Liberal Party, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and the Magdalo Group.
Parlade said the AFP confronted the issue that made opposition personalities to lie low and back out of the alliance. “So ‘yun ang magandang result, kumalas yung Tindig Pilipinas ‘dun sa alliance,” Parlade said.
The official said Tindig Pilipinas opted out at the last minute on September 19 or 20.
He added that Tindig Pilipinas, almost had an alliance with communist leaders led by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison as both were protesting common issues including the extra-judicial killings, martial law and tyranny against the Duterte government.
Although the September 21 plan was unsuccessful, Parlade said the plan to oust President Duterte will always be there because Sison is the one orchestrating it.
He said there is also a plan next month called Red October .
“There will still be a plan this coming October. Ang tawag nila dun Red October. ‘Yun ‘yung international celebration ng communism, marxism and then IP (Indigenous Peoples) month ‘yan eh,” he said.
Asked who is spearheading the plan, Parlade mentioned the names of Sison and the CPP’s central committee, Rey Casambre, and Satur Ocampo whose plans should be exposed considering that opposition personalities did not know who was behind the moves.
“So akala ng Tindig Pilipinas ‘yung the usual ano lang, opposition, pero hindi eh. Eh CPP ‘yung nasa ilalim na ang nagkukumpas ay communist. So narealize nga ‘yun, humiwalay, nag-indoor ano na lang, nag-indoor activities na lang ‘yung Tindig Pilipinas,” he said.
He added that even Bishop Antonio Tagle backed out upon learning that communists were behind it.