The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reiterated its non-partisan and apolitical stance on Thursday.
AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla aired this after a video came out in the Internet showing a man in battle dress uniform and hat denouncing Mayor Duterte for his alleged communism ties.
He added that the man is not a legitimate AFP personnel and efforts were now underway to track and charge the latter with appropriate sanctions.
“Again I would like to reiterate there have been various news and reports that have come out trying to sway the AFP into making announcements, either denying or supporting certain parties or candidates, again we appeal to all concerned citizens or concerned groups please respect the non-partisan role of your Armed Forces, we are not here for one particular person or party, we are here to serve the entire nation, so please respect the non-partisan nature of the AFP,” Padilla said.
“Hence we strongly deny that these are members of your Armed Forces, they are not, they are impostors, and the chief-of-staff (Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda) has given strong directives to look into the origin of all these materials and find these personalities so that they can be punished because these are punishable by our laws,” he added.
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