MANILA - Rights group Karapatan fears that the alleged "Red October" ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte will be used to justify attacks on the chief executive's critics.
In a statement Sunday, Karapatan's Tina Palabay said she will not be surprised if Duterte will come up with "Red November" or even "Red 2019" as its next "conspiracy theories."
"This alleged destabilization plot is an underhanded move to justify further repression against organizations and personalities considered as critics of the Duterte government," she said.
Malacañang previously denied it is using the Red October ouster plot allegation against critics of the President to divert public attention from the rising prices of goods.
Military officials earlier said there was a "broad" coalition of communist rebels and critics of the President plotting to oust him in October.
They claimed rebels were joined by Duterte's critics including, supporters of ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and "Tindig Pilipinas," whose members include leaders of the Liberal Party.
Leftist lawmakers, the Liberal Party, as well as other critics of the President, have already denied plotting Duterte's ouster.
-- report from Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News