- AFP cybersecurity expert claimed they were able to trace source of ouster calls vs. president
- He said so-called PADEM actually just one man, has ties to Joma Sison
- He also said enough evidence to indicate CPP behind plot to unseat Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – A cybersecurity expert of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed that the group of military and police officials seeking the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte is actually composed of just one man with ties to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison.
According to the expert who declined to be named for lack of authority, it was a certain Jon Bustamante who uploaded the statement of the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (PADEM) on Utrecht-based social domain [email protected].
The official noted that Sison himself shared the statement.
“We were also able to establish that this Jon Bustamante who is based in Amsterdam has close links with Sison. This PADEM is just a one-man army,” he told the Philippine Star.
The official also noted that Bustamante has three online accounts —all based in the Netherlands— which further adds to the evidence that this latest ouster call is a plot from the CPP.
“Further investigation subsequently bolstered our suspicion that this supposed PADEM statement was a CPP-initiated propaganda apparently launched to ride on mounting peace and order concerns and other security issues in the country,” he said.
In its statement, PADEM accused Duterte of mishandling the crisis in Marawi and for using the country’s security forces as his private army in suppressing or killing thousands as part of his anti-drug campaign.
Both the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have denounced the statement and reiterated that they will quell any attempt to destabilize the administration.