AFP: No destabilization plot vs Aquino

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Wednesday that it has not monitored any destabilization plot against the Aquino administration.

AFP Public Affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the military remains loyal to the chain of command and in its mission to protect and defend the country against any possible threat.

He said they have not monitored any possibility of such destabilization plan among retired and inactive members of the uniformed service.

"'Yung mga retired na at hindi na aktibong mga miyembro ng kasundaluhan, mula nung bumalik na sila sa pagiging sibilyan ang na-regain na nila ang kanilang karapatang malayang magpahayag ng kanilang mga saloobin pati na rin ang freedom of assembly,” he said

The AFP spokesperson said the military would remain loyal to the administration, particularly to President Benigno Aquino III, who continuously supports the modernization of the AFP.

Earlier, the newly appointed AFP Chief of Staff Pio Gregorio Catapang expressed confidence that his troops will not dip their hands into such "dirty jobs."

"Nasisigurado po 'yun kasi umiikot tayo ineexplain natin, open naman tayo sa mga sundalo natin and then wala naman pong naririnig na mga sundalo natin na nagsasabi ng against sa administration, we are now a professional armed forces," he said.

Catapang told his soldiers to "let it be" and "Let It Go", which mean that they should ignore what they see and hear on the news and continue to serve the country with integrity and honesty.

Retired AFP Chief-of-Staff and now Muntinlupa City Representative Rodolfo Biazon said the spreading coup stories against Aquino were just a hoax.

"Chineck ko itong destabilization issue both in retired and active ranks. Wala, nothing! Especially in active service, walang dahilan eh," Biazon said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier said that some retired generals linked to the previous Arroyo administration are planning to oust Aquino from Malacanang.

He revealed that some former high-ranking officers identified to detained former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are currently gathering support and sympathy from the active ranks in various branches of the armed service.

However, Biazon said that although those retired officers are frequently talking among their circle on the current issues and problems the government is facing, no one clearly has the intention to oust Aquino.

"Sa retired ranks, pag nagka-kape, hindi ma-i-aalis na mapag-usapan ang mga nakikita[ng problema ng bansa.] Pinag uusapan, yes. Pero may intensiyon ba na gawing aksyon, wala… kung meron man, wala namang susunod sa kanila," the lawmaker stressed.

He added that staging a coup at present is a wishful thinking.

"Maaaring mayroong nagtatagni-tagni ng kathang isip. Sa akin hindi lamang kathang isip ang tawag ko dito kundi ito ay palipad hangin, alimuom… so hindi lang kuryente [ang kumakalat na chismis], tinatawag ko pa itong kwentong barber," Biazon said.

The lawmaker also stressed that though Aquino is facing various challenges at present, majority of the Filipino people still trust him and any attempt to unseat him from office is just a waste of time from the destabilizers.

"Suportado ng taumbayan si P-Noy (Aquino), hindi maaaring mangyari yan. Lahat ng issues ng impeachment, DAP, PDAF, constitutional issues, pinauubaya na yan sa umiiral na proseso," Biazon said.

Meanwhile, former military and police officers turned lawmakers in the House of Representatives threw their support to the country's commander-in-chief, who delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.

Representatives Romeo Acop, (Antipolo); Leopoldo Bataoil, (Pangasinan) Samuel Pagdilao, (ACT-CIS party-list); and Gary Alejano and Francisco Ashley Acedillo (both of Magdalo party) said that they will rally behind President Aquino since they knew that the Chief Executive is just doing his best to fast track government projects and had no intention to "juggle the funds."

"By and large, despite some gaps, we still believe in the President," said Acedillo.

Alejano, for his part, said the President is "doing his best in leading the country despite the various controversies his administration has been facing in recent months."

Former police spokesperson Bataoil said the impeachment case against Aquino will be a numbers game at the Congress in the end.

Pagdilao, on the other hand, said that although he supports the present leadership, he wanted to see the form and substance of the complaint if there is any before making his conclusion. (Sunnex)


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