A confidential directive has been issued by Malacañang to monitor the activities of members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a source from the police intelligence community disclosed on Monday.
The source, who asked for anonymity, said others to be monitored are government employees and media personalities belonging to the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ).
The directive, according to the source, was issued after the supposed attendance of Pastor Boy Saycon, former Tarlac Gov. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco and former spokesperson of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Eid Kabalu in the INC protest.
Tasked to conduct the monitoring, the source said, were the Presidential Security Group (PSG), the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp) and the Philippine National Police-Intelligence Group (PNP-IG).
The confidential order from Malacañang also came in the wake of rumors circulating that the Palace called for a meeting on Sunday night where national-security officials and senior generals from the AFP and PNP were present.
Talks of an alliance between INC forces and the camps of former President Joseph Estrada, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay circulated at the height of protest actions by members of the religious sect against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, whom they scored for alleged interference in their internal affairs.
The source said the alliance would also be joined by a Muslim group and a bloc from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.