AFP welcomes Trillanes release and forget past military adventurism

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s release from detention late Monday was a welcome development in forgetting ‘military’ adventurisms, the spokesman for the Armed Forces (AFP) said Tuesday.

AFP spokesman, Brig. General Jose Mabanta said that the release of Trillanes, a former military rebel leader, was a welcome development for the military, which is still trying to heal the wounds of past military adventurisms.

“Let’s move on, lets forget what has been done in the past… these are bad memories that we would like once and for all forget,” Mabanta told defense reporters in a chance interview in Camp Aguinaldo.

The AFP spokesman added that Trillanes’ release from detention is beyond the armed forces, although the former navy officer is still facing court martial for his involvement in the Oakwood mutiny in 2003.

“As what we always say, It’s beyond the AFP at this point in time… this is a political decision and we believe its time to leave behind the so called military adventurism problem… so let’s move on,” Mabanta said.

Trillanes was released from the PNP custodial center in Camp Crame late Monday evening after a Makati City Regional Trial Court granted him provisional liberty after being detained for seven years.

Trillanes is one of the core leaders of the Magdalo group, a group of soldiers that staged the Oakwood Mutiny on July 27, 2003 – the first recorded military uprising during the nine-year reign of Arroyo administration.

The senator was arrested and charged for violations of Articles of Wars and rebellion charges before a Makati City court for leading 300 military personnel in the short-lived Oakwood Mutiny.

The senator, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 95, was facing charges both in military and civilian courts for his involvement in the Manila Peninsula Siege on November 2007. Anthony Vargas

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