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The Palace had previously said it considers all information about the “Red October” plot as valid information, noting that no destabilization effort will succeed as the President enjoys overwhelming support from the military and the public.Talk of “Red October” started when Duterte claimed that communist rebels, political opposition including the Liberal Party, and the Magdalo group of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV were in a “loose conspiracy” to oust him. The groups have since denied Duterte’s claim that they were conspiring to oust him. The military on Wednesday listed 19 Metro Manila universities and colleges that the Communist Party of the Philippines has been infiltrating to recruit students for the supposed “Red October” plot to topple President Rodrigo Duterte in office.Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, assistant deputy chief of staff for operations said that part of the CPP’s recruitment relating to “Red October” plot was to incite students by projecting President Duterte as the new dictator through a film showing.
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Parlade identified the targeted schools as the University of the Philippines; the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Ateneo de Manila University; De La Salle University; University of Santo Tomas; Adamson University; Far Eastern University; University of the East-Caloocan; University of the East-Recto; Emilio Aguinaldo College; Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology; San Beda; Lyceum of the Philippines University; University of Makati; Caloocan City College; University of Manila and Philippine Normal University.Paralde said the CPP has been polluting the minds of students by presenting the dark side of martial law during the dictatorship era of then late President Ferdinand Marcos.“There are film showings aabout the dark years of martial law to incide students to rebel against the government, and incite a resurgence of the First Quarter Storm experience among students while projecting President Duterte as the new Marcos,” Parlade said.Parlade said the CPP’s recruitment activities in schools for its apparent attempt to boost their ranks for an eventual overthrow, was taking place for years.“What the students don’t know is that if the CPP wins in their campaign they will implement what’s in the CPP Constitution and Programs Version 2016 published on May 2018 Article 3 Section 7- establish a “proletarian dictatorship.”He said that school officials may have no direct knowledge of the CPP’s recruitment activities except for schools that are “notorious in school activism.”“Let’s remember the communist Khmer Rouge when dictator Polpot purge millions of professionals and intellectuals in Kampuchea and installed its workers and peasants in its communist regime.“Joma Sison will be the reincarnation of Polpot, worst than Mao Tse Tung,” Parlade said.Officials of the University of Makati denied the military claims.Also on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon challenged Malacañang to file charges against Liberal Party members whom Roque insisted were colluding with the communists to oust the President.“I challenge Malacañang, particularly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque to file charges against LP members who are allegedly in cahoots with the communists to overthrow the government,” Drilon said.“In fact, I believe it is the responsibility of Malacañang to file the charges now because its credibility is at stake for issuing baseless allegations that are later denied by the military,” Drilon added.During the budget hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, Galvez was categorical when he said the LP was not involved in any ouster plot.“General Galvez’s statement in an open hearing that the LP was not involved in any attempt to oust the President should put the issue to rest,” Drilon said.“But Roque’s insistence shows that he is merely making up stories to harass the critics of the President and the political opposition,” he added. With Joel E. Zurbano
Nathaniel Mariano and Francisco Tuyay, Macon Ramos-Araneta
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