Anti-Duterte forces recruiting sympathizers from labor ranks -- PNP chief

September 29, 2018

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde on Friday confirmed that anti-government forces are instigating economy-crippling labor strikes with the aim of blaming it on President Duterte.

“May naguudyok lalo na sa labor sector. Kasi nga naman, pag nagsara mga factories, madidisrupt ang economy,” the PNP chief said in bolstering a Journal Group report that communist members are slowly infiltrating the ranks of some of the country’s biggest workers’ groups and taking advantage of current labor issues to attract more sympathizers as part of their reported ‘Red October’ plot to unseat the Duterte administration.

Gen. Albayalde said he and Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez have been constantly talking about the destabilization plot. “Sa PNP, tiyak ko na negative, zero ang sympathizers. Sa AFP, mabibilang mo sa daliri, maliit na maliit na portion, not even a point of concern and I was told that contained ng AFP ang situation,” he said.

He also said that a group of policemen from Rizal are now being investigated for reportedly receiving P8,000 to P8,500 a month from a rich businesswoman in Teresa municipality whose mansion yielded a cache of high-powered firearms and ammunition and explosives.

Gen. Albayalde said that the cops reportedly are getting the money from the mansion owner identified as Lily Ong in exchange for her protection from kidnappers. “Ang tingin ko nagmu-moonlighting yung mga pulis na yun and I have ordered their investigation but we’re not taking it for granted,” the PNP chief said in referring to claims that Ong is protecting some ranking New People’s Army leaders.