The military remains supportive of President Duterte.
Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) took to Facebook to deny rumors that the military was planning to launch a coup against Duterte and seek his removal from office.
Andanar said he talked with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who assured him of the military’s support for the commander-in-chief.
“There is no truth to the claim that the military is withdrawing its support or no longer has confidence in the leadership fo President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This claim is not reflective of the true sentiment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its personnel, both active and retired,” he said.
“Kathang isip lamang ito ng mga atar na maagaw ang puwesto ng pangulp sa Malacañan. Mas mainam pa magkaisa tato są gisera kontra Covid-19,” he said.
Andanar dismissed the rumored military mutiny as just an attempt “to make it look like there is dissent or a movement within the military, dissatisfied with the President regarding the WPS (West Philippine Sea), where there is NONE).”
Andanar said there was no “groundswell of support” for such alleged coup against the President.
This was just a poor strategy to diminish the influence and popularity of Duterte, he said.
He said the coup rumors were also a rehash of attempts seeking to oust Duterte in 2017 as well as the latest “Resign Duterte” campaign by some opposition groups.
He asked people to be discerning in reading information online especially with the approaching election season.
“Recycled propagandas become more pervasive as election season nears. Hence, we continue to remind everyone to fact-check sources of information you read online, and help us dismiss disinformation, e said.