‘Red October’ not a security threat, Albayalde says

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde Rappler

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it does not see the “Red October” plot against the Duterte administration as a security threat.

Hindi siyanakikitanatinna (We don’t see it as a) threat as of this time, but it can be a concern, as far as the PNP is concerned. We don’t know with other intelligence community. But as far as the PNP, kung angtatanunginmo ay sa (if you will ask about) recruitment on our side, sa (for this) October movement naito ay walasaamin (we don’t have that). We don’t know with other agencies,” PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde told reporters when asked on the comment during the press briefing on Monday.

Albayalde, however, defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks on rumors of an ouster plot during a televised tête-à-tête with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.

“I think there’s a basis for the statement of the President. Remember the President has unlimited access, hindilangyung (not just the) PNP. There’s a reason for this at mayroongbasehanyan (and there’s a basis for that). Hindi bastabastapwedengsabihin ng Panguloyan kung walangbasehan (The President won’t say that without having any basis). Even the intel community, there’s a basis for that,” he noted.

Reacting reports of protest actions set on Oct. 17, Albayalde assured that measures are in place to secure these activities.

Unang-unayungmga kilos protestaparangnaging parte na ng buhaynatinyan (First of all, mass actions are a part of our lives), it’s a way of life already by some sectors of our society. Although in any protest, kailangannatin mag-provide ng (we need to provide) security not only for those who are conducting the rally but also doonsamgahindi (for those who are not joining it), para may (to ensure) peace and order doon salugar (in these places),” he said.

The PNP chief, meanwhile, advised people from the labor sector not to be swayed by calls of left-learning groups to join mass actions.

“What we know, doonsa (in the) grassroots kasi, parangini-instigate nila the labor sector na mag-rally kaya yungsamga factories madalas nagra-rally. Taposnai-infiltrate yan ng mgamakakaliwa kaya yungmgaatingnagtatrabahosamga factories. Huwagtayomaniwaladahiltayo din angmawawalan ng trabaho, yunang gusto ng ibang sector ng atinglipunan, i-instigate mgamanggagawanatinsa factories na mag-strike (They are instigating those in the labor sector, especially those working in factories to join rallies. Let’s not believe that because it is us who will lose jobs. That’s what other sectors of society want: to instigate workers in factories to join strikes),” Albayalde said.

Angakalanilakapagna-paralyze yung production at nagkaroontayo ng economic crisis, angturodyansaPresidentenanaman. Hindi nilaalamnanawawalantayo ng trabaho, yungordinaryong Pilipino at saannamankukuha ng pagkain ng atingmgapamilya (What they think is that if production is paralyzed and an economic crisis happens, our President is the one to blame. They do not know that we are the ones who will lose jobs, especially the ordinary Filipinos. How will we feed our families then?)” he added. (PNA)