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US envoy denies CIA hand in coup plot

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim has denied accusations that the US Central Intelligence is involved in the alleged destabilization plot against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I can assure you with great confidence and conviction that there is actually no effort in the US government, including the CIA, to come up with some effort to undermine President Duterte’s administration,” Kim said in a rountable discussion with journalists.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim
On the contrary, Kim said the two countries’ military cooperation has never been stronger, pointing out the US initiative to work closely with government forces in combatting human trafficking, piracy, and terrorism.

“We have a very strong cooperation with all the security agencies and it will continue,” the US envoy added.

The President’s recent statement hinting at US interference with the country’s internal affairs, Kim said, will not affect the military cooperation and bilateral relations between the two countries.

Duterte earlier claimed the CIA wanted him dead.

The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have both denied receiving information on the alleged CIA plot against the President. 

Topics: US envoy , Sung Kim , US Central Intelligence , CIA , destabilization plot , President Rodrigo Duterte
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