DEFENSE and military officials denied reports of a coup d’etat plot against the Duterte government.
Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año dismissed as fake news the reported efforts of a politician to recruit members of Philippine Military Academy Class 2006 for his plan to overthrow the Duterte administration.
“We regard this as raw information. We’ve not seen any cause for a coup. The AFP is professional enough. We’ve not monitored any destabilization move of any personality,” Año said during the Defense department’s budget hearing at the Senate.
Año also assured senators that there was no verified information of a destabilization plot against the Duterte administration.
For his part, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, assured the senators that the military has not monitored any coup attempt against President Duterte.
“Nothing to worry. There’s no coup,” Lorenzana said.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said reports reached his camp that a certain Kakilala was spreading in PMA online forums that a politician—whom he later referred to as himself—was calling on PMA members to launch a military takeover.
“Mayroon daw akong nire-recruit na PMA class 2006 pero categorically kin-clarify ni Año na walang ganyan. Walang destabilization o recruitment na nangyayari,” Trillanes said.
“Mayroon silang forum na mga PMAyers. Doon sa exchange nila, talagang ako tinutumbok,” he added.
Asked if the Kakilala he was referring to was retired military spokesman Brigadier General Joselito Kakilala, Trillanes said: “I believe so.”
Trillanes then denied doing any recruitment for a coup attempt.
“Ako nagre-recruit. Hindi kami lumalapit sa mga kampo even,” he said.
In a separate interview, Kakilala clarified that it was not him who spread the fake news about a coup plot and that he just commented in a post to social media.
But when he found out that the news was fake, he immediately deleted his comment.