July 12, 2019
THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday warned soldiers to not even think about staging a coup against President Rodrigo Duterte, since they would not succeed.
“If ever there are any AFP personnel contemplating to stage a coup d’etat, we warn them not to even make that losing proposition. We will never allow that,” Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesman, said in a statement.
“We will prosecute vigorously and punish harshly anyone in the AFP who will violate the Articles of War, the AFP Code of Ethics and the AFP core values of Honor, Service and Patriotism. We assure our people of that resolve,” he added.
The statement came amid reports of a brewing coup d’etat among the military, coming no less from President Duterte.
The President said on Monday that the military was getting restless because problems on corruption, illegal drugs, terrorism and rebellion persist. He called on lawmakers to work to change the Constitution.
Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said such statement stemmed from information Duterte received that a coup is looming.
Arevalo said any attempt to have Duterte removed from power would not succeed.
“If we have any colleagues in the AFP plotting anything, we are warning you all and reminding you, at the same time, that you will not succeed because this is not the right time to conduct such movements like that,” he stressed.
During the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Magdalo group led by former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th staged a coup leading to the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003, the Marine standoff in 2006 and the Manila Peninsula siege in 2007.
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