Alvarez pointed to what he described as a “pattern” of events intended to undermine the Duterte administration.
He cited the recent resurfacing of retired Davao City police officer Arturo Lascanas, who said the so-called Davao Death Squad exists and that he himself participated in several killings allegedly ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, then the Davao mayor.
He also referred to Justice Vitaliano Aguirre II’s claims of a botched attempt to bribe convicted drug lords and other criminals with P100 million to retract their testimonies against Senator Leila de Lima, who was served a warrant of arrest on drug charges on Friday.
“Makikita na may laro pa rin ang dating administrasyon ... Talagang ginagastahan nila ito (It is clear that the previous administration is still in play ... They are really spending) just to destabilize the government,” he said, which is why Congress should conduct an investigation “because they involve national security.”
Ironically, the country’s top national security officials have denied the existence of any organized destablization plot, a theory that had also been pushed by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in the wake of Lascanas’ revelations.
Duterte himself has also repeatedly referred to destablization attempts by the “yellows,” a derogative term for stalwarts of the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III taken from the color they sport.