Two Philippine Military Academy alumni expressed concerns that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will take advantage of a Duterte presidency.
Rodolfo Mendoza, former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police, said the “looming” victory of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will boost the underground struggles of the CPP.
“The CPP tactics is two pronged. One is through electoral struggle via Mayor Duterte and two is through urban armed uprising cum armed insurrection. [The] CPP [is]now smelling victory according to my information,” Mendoza told The Manila Times.
Retired Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin also expressed concern that the CPP is taking advantage of the coming elections by either supporting or fielding its own candidates.
“I also heard of that plan. I think Duterte’s campaign is not to win but to create chaos and anarchy [that]the CPP can exploit [towards]their ends,” Querubin said.
“The threat of coup d’ etats is real under a Duterte presidency,” he added.
Mendoza stressed that he is not supporting any particular candidate and that his position is to boycott the elections.
The latest presidential surveys showed Duterte leading his contenders.
A group of military and police officers earlier warned of a possible communist takeover if Duterte wins.
Calling itself the Network of Officers to Defend the Republic (NODTR), the group claimed that Duterte is a “puppet” of communists.
“As men in uniform, we are duty-bound to defend our flag and the Constitution against forces foreign or local inimical to our democratic ideals and institutions,” an unidentified officer in digitized military uniform said in a 13-minute video uploaded on YouTube.
“Today we are issuing this urgent appeal to our countrymen, to fellow officers and brothers in arms in the AFP and Philippine National Police [PNP] to defend our democracy and the republic against an imminent takeover of our government by the communists,” he added.
“By his word and actions past and present, Rodrigo Duterte is a certified hard core dyed-in-the-wool puppet of local as well as foreign communists,” the officer said in the video.
He claimed that Duterte’s campaign machinery is driven by high-ranking communist cadres such as Leoncio Evasco Jr., the mayor’s campaign manager, and Pete Lavina, his spokesman.
Duterte’s campaign, the officer said, is being closely supervised by Jorge Madlos alias “Ka Oris,” the highest ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Mindanao and a member of the party’s Central Committee.