MANILA - Communist rebels are "infiltrating" the youth sector, particularly the students in Metro Manila, for the "Red October" plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte, the military chief said Tuesday.
During a Senate budget hearing, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. claimed that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has organized at least 10 universities in Metro Manila for its supposed ouster plot.
"In fact, they have already organized 10 of the universities in Metro Manila," he said, claiming that the communists allegedly used the "First Quarter Storm model" to agitate the students.
"Actually, si [CPP founder] Joma Sison has conducted a lot of conferences with UP," he added, saying that he is ready to reveal the documents related to the ouster plot in an executive session.
Galvez said the "Red October" plot to remove Duterte allegedly started last September 21 when those behind it started an "information drive" showing atrocities during the Marcos regime and comparing them to the present administration.
He said this was part of the communists'' "Oplan Talsik,"a series of "mass mobilizations," which will be joined by the youth and labor sectors and will continue until December, just in time for the CPP's 50th founding anniversary.
"It was a broad coalition plot wherein they will use the existing issues including inflation. And also, they're painting the government that it will have a what they call a dictatorship and tyranny," he explained.
Galvez also claimed that the communists are setting a political death trap by "dragging" Duterte into declaring martial law nationwide. He compared it to what happened during the Plaza Miranda bombing in the 1970s.
The AFP chief earlier clarified that the Liberal Party is not in cahoots with the communists to oust Duterte. But he said that the CPP "desires" to form a coalition with the opposition to remove the President.
"There is no desire from Liberal Party to oust President Duterte. We will not support any unconstitutional approach or unconstitutional move," Senator Francis Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party, said.