Probe Angue’s exposé, Biazon asks Congress

A FORMER senator who is now a member of the House of Representatives yesterday called for an inquiry into the exposé of outgoing National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) chief Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue on what the latter called the “prostituted” promotion system of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon advised the people involved in Angue’s exposé to keep an open mind about the inquiry.

Biazon, a former AFP chief, said the process of appointing the AFP chief has been trivialized and politicized during the Arroyo administration.

“The problem was not so much under the Cory (Aquino), (Fidel) Ramos and Erap (Joseph Estrada) administrations,” he said.

Biazon has filed House Resolution 240 urging the House committee on national defense and security to conduct a probe on Angue’s allegations.

Biazon said the selection process and criteria for promotions and appointments, particularly that of the AFP Chief of Staff, has been a bone of contention in the military.

“The inquiry’s primary aim is to determine whether the pertinent laws, rules and regulations on the matter are still viable and updated,” Biazon said.

“The goal is to ensure that the whole concept is applied in the AFP selection process of determining who is the best qualified for higher positions in the AFP, particularly that of the (AFP) chief of staff,” Biazon added.

“Do we strictly follow and observe the laws, rules and regulations in the selection process?  If not, then we should fill in the gaps and find out what the discrepancies are,” Biazon said.

Biazon said the most important thing is that an inquiry is being made into the alleged problems in the AFP and that the people and organizations involved should find out the real problems within the AFP.

Biazon also filed House Bill 06, in which he proposed that the next AFP chief of staff be chosen according to qualifications and not necessarily solely because of seniority. D’Jay Lazaro

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