AFP denies meeting of Arroyo generals
MANILA, Philippines – an official of the Armed Forces (AFP) on Monday belied rumors of alleged ‘secret meeting’ of military officials perceived to be still loyal to former president, now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The ‘secret-meeting’ among Arroyo generals allegedly took place after the police served the warrant of arrest against the former president at her room at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig City.
The government has filed charges of electoral sabotage, which carries a life-term sentence, against the former president in connection with the alleged cheating that marred the 2007 national and local elections.
AFP chief information officer, Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said that they have not recieved any information that some generals that are loyal to former President Arroyo have secretly met after her arrest.
“We have not received such kind of reports,” Burgos told defense reporters via text message.
The military official said that the state, morale and discipline of members of the AFP still remain high and the chain of command is still strong despite of the arrest of the former president and commander in chief.
“The AFP is composed of trained, disciplined and professional soldiers strictly governed by an established set of rules and procedures known, understood and followed by everyone within our ranks,” Burgos added.
The military officials added that every soldiers, men and women of the AFP will be guided by thier oath and code of conduct in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities to the country and the people.