Defense chief says no knowledge on destabilization plots

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2017 05:46 PM

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gestures during a press conference at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Manila on March 9, 2017. Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA - Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday said he and the military officials are not aware of any destabilization plot against the government, as previously revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Like you and the other, also the Chief of Staff, we just saw that on the news and also on TV, so we are still trying to find out who they are, kung ano ba talaga ito, what is their purpose," he told reporters.

"We will defer our comments for the meantime," added Lorenzana, who heads the Cabinet Cluster on National Security. 

Duterte recently said there was a plot to oust him, and that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales conspired with the supposed destabilizers.

Solicitor-General Jose Calida on Wednesday announced at a press conference "black operations" are being done against the Chief Executive, which comes in various forms and colors: yellow to white and reds, and also members of the clergy. 

Lorenzana said he has yet to discuss the matter with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.

"In fact, I was intending to ask him last night during the Cabinet meeting but we were so busy (with) other matters, hindi ko natanong yan kung ano yan," said Lorenzana.

Aguirre said his department is looking into local and foreign bank accounts of "yellow" personalities including those identified with the opposition but did not disclose names.