National Democratic Front (NDF) on Tuesday disclosed an alleged collaboration of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to kill communist leader Jose Maria Sison and overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to NDF statement, they received reports from several sources in the reactionary AFP that military officers who are assets of the CIA and are close to AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año are engaged in a two-stage plot to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, NDFP chief political consultant, and subsequently to overthrow Duterte.
The NDF said that while the plot has yet to be verified, it must be immediately exposed in order to discourage its implementation.
The AFP, meanwhile, has denied the accusations of the NDF and dismissed it as propaganda.
“Not true at all! This is once again a propaganda line of the left to gain sympathy and toe the anti-US line that they usually take. Again this is such a preposterous statement!” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said in a statement.