MANILA- The supposed "Red October" ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte may just be a product of the military's hallucination, lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc said Wednesday.
“Tingin namin itong 'Red October' na ito ay naghahallucinate na naman ang militar doon sa kanilang iniisip na destabilization plot na ginagawa," ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro said.
(We think that this 'Red October' is a product of the military's hallucination over what they thinks is a destabilization plot in the works.)
Military officials earlier said there is a "broad" coalition of communist rebels and critics of the president plotting to oust him next month.
The said coalition, according to the military, allegedly includes supporters of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the group Tindig Pilipinas, whose members incidentally include Liberal Party leaders.
Duterte also previously urged the public to watch out for his critics' supposed move to oust him, which he said will "go into a high gear" in October.
"Ito talaga (this is) the height of paranoia," Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said.
Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao also belied military's claims.
"There was never an us between the LP (Liberal Party), Magdalo and the left. What we have in common are our protest against tyranny, against the economic crisis, and our alternatives,” he said.
October marks international celebrations for communism, Marxism and indigenous peoples.
Casilao added that ousting the President is not among the activities they have lined up next month namely mobilization of peasants to protest issues affecting them.
"Hindi po ito destabilization plot. Ito po ay lehitimong pagkilos ng magbubukid sa mga isyung nakakaapekto sa kanila,” he said.
(This is not a destabilization plot. This is a legitimate movement of farmers on issues affecting them.)
The Communist Party of the Philippines has also denied plotting Duterte's ouster and described the allegation as a "fictional plot."