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AFP and President Duterte

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There is a shadowy group allegedly composed of soldiers and policemen calling for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

The group calls itself the "Patriotic and Democractic Movement" (PADEM) and claims that the Chief Executive committed "gross crimes in betrayal of public trusts and in violation of national sovereignty and democractic rights of the the Filipino people."

 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police immediately categorically denied the recent statement issued by the group that pretends to be representative of the men and women of the AFP and the PNP and came out in support of the Chief Executive.

 

 AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the entire AFP supports the constitutionally mandated government and unequivocally supports the President who is also the Commander-in-Chief.

 

"The accusations and issues cited by the group are unfounded and uncalled for. Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to," Padilla stressed, adding that current developments and issues that the group wishes to take advantage of are now being addressed by the Department of Justice and parties to a possible crime are now under detention.

 

"Let us respect these processes and not allow ourselves to be used by individuals or groups with vested interests. We appeal for sobriety, reason and patience as we await the results of these processes," the AFP spokesperson added.

 

As the constitutionally mandated protectors of the people, the AFP should stand by the law abiding citizens whenever necessary and should not countenance forces who undermine the stability and security of the country and those who wish to destabilize the nation thru unconstitutional means. Whatever their grievances, the group and the public in general should respect the apolitical stance of the military and help bring unity and healing instead of fomenting divisiveness and collapse.

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