The Philippine Army has in the present day (Tuesday, August 22) denied any hyperlinks with a group calling itself the “Patriotic and Democratic Movement” (PADEM) — which is in search of to topple President Duterte.
Army spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla described the group’s agenda as “unconstitutional and politically motivated”.
He mentioned: “The AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) categorically denies the recent statement issued by a group that pretends to be representative of the men and women of the AFP and the PNP (Philippine National Police) that calls itself the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (PADEM).”
Yesterday, PADEM launched a press release accusing the president of “treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favouritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers.”
The group additionally alleged that the president had incited police to commit extrajudicial killings; allowed Beijing to occupy the South China Sea; bungled the Marawi City disaster, and favoured sure Chinese businessmen and relations and buddies in the awarding of authorities contracts utilizing loans from China.
The group additionally alleged that the authorities had condoned and guarded top-level drug lords — together with his son, Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte — whereas “inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction”.
The group’s assertion continued: “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilisation of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.”
The self-declared navy representatives additionally mentioned that the president had been corrupting the AFP and PNP by way of financial rewards.
They additionally mentioned that the president ought to be toppled “for betraying public trust in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the people.”
The assertion was signed by a sure Antonio Bonifacio.
Brig. Gen. Padilla described the accusations raised by the group as “unfounded and uncalled for”.
He mentioned: “Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to.”
Padilla additionally mentioned that the navy wouldn’t hesitate to act towards any forces that undermined the stability and safety of the nation by way of unconstitutional means.
“Current developments and points that this group needs to take benefit of is now being addressed by the Department of Justice and events to a doable crime are actually underneath 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” he mentioned.
“The AFP appeals to the public and the various political groups to respect the apolitical stance of the AFP and help bring unity and healing instead of fomenting divisiveness and collapse.”
“The AFP, however, will not hesitate in acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilise our nation thru unconstitutional means,” he mentioned.