Duterte causing own ouster, UP students say

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2018 08:07 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2018 08:08 PM

MANILA - Some students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman on Tuesday held a protest to denounce allegations that youth groups in some universities are involved in the "Red October" plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. on Tuesday told senators that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has organized students from 10 universities in Metro Manila as part of the plot.

ANAKBAYAN UP Diliman chairperson Nickolo Domingo called the allegation a lie.

"Hindi po ako naniniwala. Lahat kasinungalingan, propaganda para bilugin mga mamayang Pilipino," he said.

Domingo said the President is threatened by the crowd which showed up in UP during the September 21 mass action.

He said Duterte is causing his own ouster because of his neglect in handling pressing issues in the country.

"Siya mismo gumagawa ng paraan para mapatalsik siya sa pwesto. Patuloy na pagpatay niya sa mga mamamayan, patuloy na pagpatay niya sa gutom sa mga mamamayan, patuloy na pagtaas presyo ng bilihin," Domingo said.

"Di na kailangan ng plot para mapatalsik si Duterte. Siya mismo deliberately gumagawa ng paraan para mapatalsik siya sa pwesto," he added.

STAND UP, a political student group in UP, said the “Red Scare” that the Duterte administration is instigating is a distraction from pressing issues such as skyrocketing costs of basic goods and services in the country.