Philippine Defense Secretary Wary of ‘Venezuela’ Treatment

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March 12 (EIRNS)—In an interview to be published in EIR’s March 15 issue, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana was asked if President Rodrigo Duterte, who is much criticized in the West as an “authoritarian” and human rights violator, was concerned that a “regime-change” operation against him, as against Maduro in Venezuela, were a possibility. “Yes, we are afraid of that,” Secretary Lorenzana replied. “We have been cautioned by our friends that the neo-cons might try to take out the President. Even President Duterte talked about that several times in his public speeches. They are watching what our President does, that if he does things that align with their interests, as the neo-cons see it, or if President Duterte gets closer with the Chinese, Russia and India. But China said they don’t want a military alliance with anybody. They want to have trade relations with everybody. They want to help people to improve themselves so that we can trade. I think that is what the Chinese are saying.”

Secretary Lorenzana also said that he believed that “the United States had a big role in the overthrow of [President Ferdinand] Marcos,” the nationalist President of the Philippines who was overthrown through a “color revolution” run from Washington in 1986, placing a U.S. puppet, Cory Aquino, in power.

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