Military sees no reason to join destabilization efforts

Feb 25, 2017

BAGUIO CITY – The military sees no reason to participate in any destabilization efforts against the Duterte administration.
This is what Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said last February 21 while downplaying that any such destabilization plot being hatched.
“We have not monitored any plot or attempt to destabilize the government or the administration (of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte),” he said.
Arevalo also said the military “may not have in our possession any information yet where he got (Sec. Andanar) his information,” insisting, “as far as we are concerned, we have asked out competent staff about it and they told us that they have not monitored any plan.”
However, the military will always be ready, the marine colonel speaking in behalf of the Armed Forces said, “And prepared to frustrate any and all attempts, if there really is a plan of a group or individuals to disrupt the democratic process and out government.”
Arevalo also shrugged off concerns on destabilizers recruiting anyone from the military “especially this time that our Commander-in-Chief has already manifested his care to the members of the AFP.”
He added Duterte “has shown this in the many instances that he visited our camps and personally talked to our soldiers.” The AFP spokesman said the soldiers “have witnessed the support that the President is extending, especially the efforts of the President to visit our soldiers in the field and the family of our fallen soldiers despite his busy schedule.”
The military is also promised and delivered the equipment and assets required to accomplish their mission, Arevalo said.
Earlier on Saturday at the Fort Del Pilar, home of the Philippine Military Academy, members of the PMA Alumni Association Inc. vowed before President Duterte, through a manifesto, their full support to the administration’s campaign versus illegal drugs, criminality, terrorism and corruption. Ace Alegre / ABN

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