Drilon dares Palace to file charges on oust-Duterte plot

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday challenged Malacañang to prove its claim that members of the opposition Liberal Party (LP) were plotting to remove President Rodrigo Duterte from office.

"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," he declared. 

Drilon said Malacañang's credibility was "at stake for issuing baseless allegations that are later denied by the military."

Armed Forces Chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier told a Senate hearing that LP President Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan" was not part of the so-called "Red October" plot of the communist movement to overthrow the Duterte administration.

Pangilinan even asked Galvez at a hearing Tuesday if any of the party's members were in a coalition with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Galvez replied, "none."

In a briefing on the same day, Roque dismissed Galvez's statements and insisted that although there might not be a agreement between LP and the CPP, individual members could be working with the Left.

Drilon said Galvez's statement should "put the issue to rest" and slammed the administration for political harassment of its critics.

Armed Forces Spokesman Edgar Arevalo said details of Red October would be revealed at the appropriate time.  He said this included information that the CPP had recruited students from 10 universities in Metro Manila into the ouster plot.

READ: AFP official: CPP recruits in Manila schools through martial law film screenings