Rumours of a military coup brewing within the Philippines have been dismissed as “fake news”.
Speaking to reporters at present (Thursday, September 14) Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana rubbished rumours of a plot allegedly fuelled by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
He mentioned: “If there really is something, the Defense and Armed Forces will surely feel it, somebody will report it to us. We have not received any such report. It just appears on social media so I think, that’s fake news.”
He added that there may be “one or two persons” attempting to sow discord with the false data.
During a senate listening to on the 2018 defence funds, Senator Trillanes sought to clear his title amid experiences he’s recruiting members of Philippine Military Academy class 2006 to hitch the coup try.
Sen. Trillanes, a former Navy officer who was jailed for his half in at the very least two coup makes an attempt, requested military chief Eduardo Año if they’d intelligence experiences politician was actively recruiting for a coup.
He added that retired Brigader General Joselito Kakilala was allegedly spreading the data in military circles.
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In response, Año mentioned: “With regard these data, they must be validated. So far we’ve got not validated and we’ve got not seen any trigger for dissatisfaction.
“So far we have not monitored any destabilisation of any politician or personality.”
Lorenzana mentioned that he knew Kakilala, however had no additional data on the problem.
“We haven’t talked yet. I just found out about it now. Before this, I didn’t know he’s releasing something like that.,” he mentioned.
When requested in regards to the probability of a coup, he answered: “Very remote. Because we will feel it if there’s something.”
Former President Fidel Ramos has additionally belittled the rumours of a coup, saying it couldn’t occur with out his help.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Kakilala mentioned at present he had already deleted his Facebook post linking “a popular politician” — later revealed to be Sen. Trillanes — to the plot after he was knowledgeable that his source “could be fake news”.