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We’re mature, well compensated: AFP says Duterte’s coup fears unfounded

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yet to monitor any active-duty personnel who are planning to destabilize or overthrow the government, an official said on Thursday.

“Sa ngayon wala tayong namo-monitor na grupo na nasa aktibong serbisyo na pwede nating sabihin na merong planong magsagawa ng coup d’etat or mag-destabilize ng ating pamahalaan,” AFP spokesperson, Marine Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said in an interview over DZRH.

He said the military, under the leadership of AFP chief-of-staff General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., was a very mature and professional organization and has no reason to complain as the Duterte administration has supported the ongoing AFP Modernization Program aside from increasing the salaries and benefits of all military personnel.

“Wala po tayong nakikitang puwang upang magkaroon ng banta ng destabilization buhat sa AFP. But magka-ganun man, kung meron man tayo na mga kasamahan na nandyadyan na nagbubulungan o nagbabalakan, eh binabantaan po natin sila at pinapaalalahan na hindi sila magtatagumpay sapagkat hindi na po ito ang panahon ng mga ganyang pagkilos,” Arevalo said.

“Premised on the absence of validated reports of active military personnel planning to mount a government take-over, this warning is nonetheless issued. 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,” he added.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said members of the military who no longer find him deserving to lead should not stage a coup against him as he was willing to step down if asked over a cup of coffee.

Arevalo reiterated that the military remains firm in its commitment to its beholden duty to protect and defend the Constitution and take orders only from duly constituted authorities and the AFP chain of command. (PNA)

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