PMA belies coup plot

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


FOR DEL PILAR -- The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) remains true to the government.

PMA information chief Major Reynaldo Balido Jr. said there is no unrest with the cadet corps of the military academy quashing rumors of plots within the PMA against the government.

Balido said the cadet corps has been abreast with the news following the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III and has not been subjected to a news blackout.

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"There is no unrest within the cadets," said Balido.

Balido brushed off rumors of a destabilization plot against the government, saying the news has not been confirmed and are all hearsay.

"There is no change in morale of the cadets, their morale remains high," added Balido.

The PMA has been tagged as a breeding ground for mutineers and controversies with issues surrounding their alumni.

Whistleblowers linking the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to plunder and misuse of funds are attacking the very core of the PMA, which is grounded on integrity and honesty.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Rabusa, spilling the beans on the AFP is a member of PMA Class 1981, while his former assistant, corroborating his revelations, Colonel Antonio Ramon Lim is part of Class 1986.

Former defense secretary Angelo Reyes, who is linked to have gotten millions in government funds and has committed suicide in the wake of the controversies, is a member of PMA Class 66.

The Oakwood mutiny in 2007 was spearheaded by 321 armed soldiers who called themselves "Bagong Katipuneros". Led by Army Captain Gerardo Gambala and then Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes IV of the Philippine Navy, the group took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center (now Ascott Makati) serviced apartment tower in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of former Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's administration. They also stated they saw signs suggesting that the President was going to declare martial law.

Balido said the PMA now is not affected by the rumors and is focused on the upcoming examinations aiming to bring in a new set of cadets into the fold.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 01, 2014.

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