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PH Palace: No restiveness in the armed forces

2014-07-31 17:00

There is no restiveness among members of the military, Malacañang said on Wednesday, dismissing rumors of a coup plot against the government.

Rumors started when Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said that retired generals affiliated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo are plotting a coup against President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“Senator (Antonio) Trillanes is free to express his opinion and we respect him for that” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing at the Palace, commenting on the rumor. He noted however that the senator “did not speak of men and women in active service.”

“There are no reports of restiveness among the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” LAcierda said.

Lacierda said the Palace is convinced that there is no reason for the military rank and file to join any destabilization plot.

“The reason for the lack of interest is primarily the reforms that the Aquino administration has already implemented with respect to the armed forces. We have provided mission essential equipment to the people on the ground. We have provided housing units. We have modernized the AFP,” he said.

He further said that AFP Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Demy Zagala has issued a statement on Wednesday morning that there is no truth to the coup rumors.

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