‘Kill plot’ vs PNoy remote, says AFP

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday denied any plot to assassinate President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III.

AFP spokesman Brig. General Jose Mabanta said said the military intelligence community conducted a thorough investigation on the plot allegedly “uncovered” over the weekend and concluded that it was highly remote.

“There’s nothing to it… Initial reports tend to support the thesis that there is no plot against the President,” Mabanta said. “I have been in touch with the intelligence and there is no specific report regarding any assassination plot on the President.”

However, he said such report cannot be taken for granted and that the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) is still on the lookout for any lead to such a plot.

“Remember that the Philippines has so many threat groups and all of these are possibilities and will not be taken for granted,” Mabanta said.

He mentioned the New People’s Army, Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf.

Reports of alleged kill-plot against the President surfaced a day after the Aquino left for a one-week official trip to the United States.

The plot was allegedly relayed to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin by a lawmaker from the Visayas. Anthony Vargas


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