Duterte: Some military officers 'in cahoots' with Liberal Party, Magdalo Group

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte walks past the honor guards upon his arrival to attend the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 21, 2016. (Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte hit some members of the military for allegedly conniving with his "enemies" — the Liberal Party (LP) and Magdalo Group.

"Ang (ma)sakit ko dito, kayong mga Liberal at mga military, nakipag-ugnayan sila sa mga sundalo na rebelde (Magdalo Group). Tapos iyun na 'yung tatlo: Yellow, mga sundalo na hindi ko maintindihan ang utak kung saan ang loyalty nila, pati 'yung mga Liberal. Diyan ako naghinanakit sa sundalo. But to go into cahoots with the kalaban..." Duterte said on Monday after he visited wounded soldiers in Jolo, Sulu.

He questioned the loyalty of the yet unnamed military officials.

"If you are true to your country, do not bed with the enemy, kung ayaw mo ako na presidente, 'Duterte kasi bugok walang alam.' Okay lang, fine. Hintay lang sila ng election. Few years away," the President said.

He also said the supposed "Red October" ouster plot against him will not succeed without the help of the troops. He also spoke against soldiers whom he claimed have turned against him.

"Itong plot na ito, nothing will succeed without the help of the Armed Forces. If the military and the police think na hindi ako bagay maging presidente, sabihan nila ako. Walang away-away," Duterte said.

He added, "Kung sabihin nila na dapat palitan ako, larga ako."

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on September 12 said Duterte is sure no one from the Armed Forces would heed supposed calls to overthrow his administration.

Top military officials said the Communist Party of the Philippines is working with opposition groups to oust Duterte supposedly in October.