Military intelligence 'most palpak,' says Colmenares amid 'Red October' claims


Posted at Oct 01 2018 06:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2018 07:10 PM

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MANILA - A former Left-wing lawmaker questioned on Monday the military's intelligence amid reports about the alleged "Red October" ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Lawyer Neri Colmenares believes it's strange that the military, as it claims, has intelligence on the alleged ouster plot but does not have any information on the people behind the drug war killings. 

"They have all this evidence about 'Red October' but they don't have intelligence reports on who are committing these killings? What kind of intelligence do you have? The most palpak intelligence in the world," he told ANC. 

Police say they have killed 4,200 drug suspects in self-defense since Duterte took office. Rights groups claim police and vigilantes have killed some 12,000 people.

Colmenares said lack of intelligence reports on the vigilante killings connected to the drug war shows the government's lack of interest in probing these incidents.

This is why Colmeneras, who represents kin of drug war victims in charges before the International Criminal Court, is confident that their case will prosper before the tribunal. 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier claimed that a "broad coalition" between communist rebels and Duterte's critics have been plotting the President's ouster, which will peak in October. 

Duterte's critics, including the members of Left-wing groups and the opposition coalition Tindig Pilipinas, have denied the military's claims. 

Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, the Armed Forces' deputy chief-of staff for operations, said the military is ready to bare its intelligence reports during an executive session with lawmakers. 

The Communist Party of the Philippines earlier raised fears that the military's claims of a "Red October" ouster plot against Duterte may be used to declare martial law nationwide.