Citing the Liberal Party and Senator Trillanes as among those disgruntled with Duterte, Malacañang bares a simmering bid to oust the President
A COUP plot against President Rodrigo Duterte remains a threat but it will fizzle out, Cabinet secretary Leoncio Evasco said yesterday pointing out there “are personalities unhappy with the way Duterte is running the administration, such as Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party.”
Evasco however said a coup plot will not prosper because Duterte enjoys a very high trust rating.
The Palace official did not reveal his source of information about the brewing coup plot.
Trillanes strongly denied he is behind any coup plot.
“Hindi po totoo ‘yan at wala po akong kinakausap na mga miyembro ng Liberal Party o kung sinuman ukol sa ganyang bagay. Ako po’y naniniwala na ‘yan ay panlilinlang dahil sila ay humaharap ng kaliwa’t kanang pagbabatikos,” Trillanes said.
The Liberal Party was mum on Evasco’s statement.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it is seriously looking into reports of an alleged coup plot against Duterte even as it claimed that the morale of the soldiers remains high.
“The news about this seeming disturbance within the military is unknown to us, these are things that we take seriously so we will look into it,” said Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Hindi namin alam kung ano ang origin nito pero there have been some pronouncements lately, but that’s the only thing I can say for now. We are seriously looking into it,” he added without elaborating.
Padilla said the morale of the soldiers remains high especially after Duterte, the military commander in chief, visited several military camps and promised them benefits and showed his commitment to them.
“Matapos po na bigyan ng prayoridad ng ating commander in chief ang pagpunta sa lahat ng military installation upang makibahagi at makipag-ugnayan sa lahat ng kasundaluhan, maayos po ang pagtanggap po ng lahat ng ating mga sundalo, mga marino, mga airman at saka mga sailors sa ating commander in chief,” he said.
“Maganda po ang ating naging ugnayan dun sa mga pagkakataon na ‘yun at ang mga naanunsyo pong ine-expect na benepisyo pati na commitment ng ating commander in chief ay hindi maipapantay sa mga nakaraan. So base dyan mataas po ang morale ng ating mga kasundaluhan at lahat po ng nagsisilbi sa ating hukbo at wala pong nagbabago diyan hanggang sa kasalukuyan,” he added.
The AFP spokesman also brushed aside any creeping factionalism in the military.