PNP validating alleged CIA plot to kill Duterte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — The Philippine National Police said on Wednesday they are validating President Rodrigo Duterte's statement the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is out to get him.

"We take all the threats against the life of the President seriously palagi," PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said.

He said a threat against Duterte, whether validated or not, will not be taken lightly.

"We always consider them as real. There are raw informations. These are all intelligence information that needs validation," Albayalde said.

Duterte on Tuesday said CIA is listening in on his phone calls and plotting his death.

"Ang nakikinig sa akin is United States, sigurado 'yan ang CIA. Iyan ang papatay sa akin, mga ulol na 'yan eh," he said in a speech.

He added other countries are also tapping his phone, which is why he said he barely uses his cellphone to make calls. If he does, he said in jest that he only talks to women.

"America, Russia, China, Israel maybe, and maybe Indonesia. Nakatutok 'yan siya lahat sa mga leaders," he said.

This isn't the first time Duterte brought up CIA's alleged assassination plans. In May, he said if a plane he's in suddenly blows up, the CIA is surely behind it.

"It needs to be confirmed by our intelligence operatives," Albayalde said.

The PNP Chief said despite the alleged threat, they did not add police security for the President.