It was President Rodrigo Duterte who set a assembly with Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan and his comrades from the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) on August 16 for a loyalty check, Philippine Star editor Marichu Villanueva stated.
“A little birdie chirped that it was actually President Duterte who ‘invited’ the RAM leaders for some kind of loyalty check amid reports reaching him about their activities. Are the old dogs into new tricks?” Villanueva stated in her August 21 column.
RAM is a group of navy officers which broke off from dictator Ferdinand Marcos to play a key function on the 1986 People Power Revolution.
The group was additionally behind the failed coup in opposition to the late President Corazon Aquino in 1987 in addition to their involvement in efforts to oust former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Malacañang has given scant particulars on the assembly with Honasan and RAM, with presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella solely saying that the President appeared on the doable grant of amnesty for the previous insurgent troopers.
Abella additionally stated the RAM leaders “expressed support and offered help” to Duterte.