It has been the Communist Party of the Philippine-New People’s Army’s (CPP-NPA) goal to collapse the government since 1968.
This remark was made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when asked about the CPP-NPA claim that the “Red October” ouster plot is just a fabrication of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Their plot to oust the President (Rodrigo Duterte) is true. Deny na sila kasi nabuking. Our troops captured documents in November 2016 after their plenum in Northern Mindanao. The peace talks with them was ongoing during this period but the CPP-NPA were not confident it would last. They started to fully implement the plan called OUST DUTERTE in February 2017 after the President cancelled the peace talks,” he said.
Lorenzana added that the ouster plan was made to usher in a new president who is more willing to resume peace talks with them.
“The plan calls for mass actions all over the country and they hope it will snowball like the EDSA People Power. It was their hope that other groups would join to create the desired snowball. There were rallies staged in the recent past. However, they woefully failed to attract people to join except their usual paid rallyists. But what else is new? The CPP-NPA has been trying to topple administration after another since 1968. They can deny all they want but we know otherwise by their actions,” he said.
The “Red October” ouster plot was earlier revealed by AFP assistant deputy chief-of-staff for operations, Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade.
The ouster plan was allegedly set to coincide with the international celebration for Marxism and the Indigenous People where participants would come for a grand coalition.