AFP’s Red October ‘fairy tale’ a flop CPP says Duterte HK trip ‘vomit-inducing,’
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent “shopping spree”
in Hong Kong, saying it showed “cruel indifference” to Filipinos’ affected by the rising prices of commodities.
In a statement posted on the Facebook page of its founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the group claimed
Duterte further “inflamed” the public’s desire for his ouster when he traveled to Hong Kong with his common-law-wife
Honeylet Avanceña — who the communist leader referred to as a “mistress” — and their daughter to shop for clothes.
Nevertheless, amid destitution of millions upon millions of Filipinos, Duterte’s Hongkong shopping-spree was a vomit-inducing and
rage-provoking show of extravagance. He has self-demolished his pro-poor façade,” the CPP said.
Skyrocketing prices of rice and fuel
“Duterte showed cruel indifference to the millions upon millions of Filipinos who are suffering from skyrocketing prices
of rice and fuel, low wages, widespread joblessness and general deterioration of social conditions,” it added, saying the
public should demand the administration how much the President spent for the entire trip.
The communist party said compared to Duterte’s Hong Kong shopping, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ “Red October
fairy tale” — about the communists’ alleged plan to unseat Duterte this month — was a “flop.”
Hence, CPP said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made himself look “stupid: by claiming that the AFP has successfully foiled “Red October,” a plot which the communist group insisted was invented by the military.
Activists in urban areas
The CPP also criticized the military for going on a “Red-baiting frenzy,” by tagging students to the supposed ouster plot, something their schools have already denied.
“Even now, reports abound of activists in urban areas across the country being subjected to surveillance and threats, and charged with trumped-up criminal cases,” the group said in a separate statement on Saturday.
Besides, the rustic zones, a huge number of AFP troops keep on involving networks and submit grave maltreatment against the general population. Instances of extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, torment, illicit captures and different maltreatment are on the ascent,” it included.
Meanwhile, the CPP said the AFP may have finished its “Red October tall tale” yet the battle of the Filipino individuals to remove the Duterte administration proceeds.