Duterte possibly got idea on CIA from reading books: defense chief

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National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during the House Committee on Appropriations hearing on Department of National Defense (DND)’s 2019 budget on August 29 that maybe President Rodrigo Duterte got the idea of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) assassinating state leaders through reading books.

“Mr. Chair, I think, the President kasi loves to read books. He reads a lot of books. In fact, when he has a book that is new and good, he gives us copies of the book,” Lorenzana said, as quoted by Inquirer.net, when asked by Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate regarding President Duterte’s statement on CIA.

“Siguro nabasa niya iyong – we believe that it’s true also, there is some history that proves that the CIA has been responsible for incidents in the past – maybe he is just basing his fears from past activities of the CIA,” Secretary Lorenzana said.

However, Secretary Lorenzana noted that they have no information regarding a plot by CIA against the President.

“We don’t have any information, we are in direct contact with the embassy here and they have assured us that there is no such thing, according to them it is not part of their activities anymore, iyong assassination,” he said.

During the Conference of the League of Municipalities (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster on August 21, President Duterte said “I know that they – ang nakikinig sa akin is United States, sigurado ‘yan ang CIA. ‘Yan ang papatay sa akin ‘yang mga ulol na ‘yan eh.”

“America, Russia, China, Israel maybe, and maybe Indonesia. Nakatutok ‘yan siya lahat sa mga leaders. ‘Yang National Security o CIA may ano ‘yan, kanya kanyang ano – ito si Duterte,” he added.

During the 12th Founding Anniversary of AFP Eastern Mindanao Command on August 23, he said “sabi nga nila: Ah ‘yan si Duterte ‘pag maglaban ng America ‘yan the CIA will work to – for his ouster.”

Sources: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1026367/lorenzana-on-alleged-cia-plot-to-kill-duterte-maybe-he-read-that-in-books; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20180821-SPEECH-OF-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE-DURING-THE-CONFERENCE-OF-THE-LEAGUE-OF-MUNICIPALITIES-LMP-VISAYAS-ISLAND-CLUSTER.pdf; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/20180823-revised-SPEECH-OF-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE-DURING-THE-12TH-FOUNDING-ANNIVERSARY-OF-THE-EASTERN-MINDANAO-COMMAND-EASTMINCOM.pdf