Palace: CPP has 'established' links with Church members for Duterte's ouster

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President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) — Malacañang on Tuesday claimed members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the Catholic Church have "established" plans to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

"There are elements of the Catholic Church that would never accept the President for who he is," Roque said in a press briefing. "There will be efforts on the part of CPP-NPA (New People's Army) to penetrate all sectors of society. That's not new."

Roque's comment was a repeat of his Monday's statement.

"Kaya nga hindi malayo na magkaisa iyong ilan sa kanila diyan (sa simbahan) sa CPP-NPA na patalsikin si Presidente Duterte, pero iyan po ay panaginip," he said.

[Translation: It's not unlikely that some members of the Church will unite with the CPP-NPA to oust President, but the ouster is a dream.]

However, he said he is just alerting institutions of communist influence now that the peace talks are in limbo.

"Expect the CPP-NPA to go back to its old ways. There'll be more of this noise, not just coming from CPP-NPA, but from forces embedding themselves in different societies," he said.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the CPP and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) conspired to craft a three-year plan to "advance the revolutionary movement" that included Duterte's ouster should he refuse to implement a "coalition government."

The ouster movement is expected to formally culminate in October 2018.    

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Roque to Sison: Go home and wake up

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also dared communist leader Jose Maria Sison to go home if he wants to see Duterte's ouster through and if he really wants to help the country.

"Iyong sinabi niyang hindi na matatapos ang termino, unang-una, nananaginip nga kasi si sisenta anyos na nagbabanta na patalsikin ng CPP-NPA (New People's Army) ang gobyerno, hindi nangyayari," Roque said in a Leyte briefing.  "So another 30 years, umasa ka pa rin, managinip ka pa rin, hindi mo pa rin mapapatalsik ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas."

[Translation: What (Sison) said that (Duterte) won't finish his term -- first off, the CPP-NPA has long wanted to overthrow government for 60 years, it hasn't happened. Another 30 years, you should just dream on, because you still won't be able to overthrow it.]

The CPP issued a statement Saturday saying Duterte's ouster is highly probable due to rising prices of basic goods, among other national issues.

READ: Communist group: Duterte ouster 'highly probable'

Roque also slammed CPP's chief political consultant, for his almost three-decade prolonged absence in the Philippines, claiming he has drawn false conclusions on the country's economy.

"Bagamat mayroon pa ring kahirapan, napakadami nang nakaahon sa hirap," he said Monday. "Palibhasa napakatagal mo diyang nagpapasasa sa ibang lugar, hindi mo na alam kung anong kondisyon dito sa Pilipinas."

[Translation: Even though there is poverty, many have risen from it. It's probably because you've been there for so long that you no longer know the situation in the country.]

The NDFP has backed out from ongoing peace talks with the government, citing multiple instances of Duterte insisting to hold the talks in the country and multiple postponements. The administration had earlier suspended the resumption of the talks in June, pending a three-month review of all government deals with the communist group.