THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has so far not monitored any group hatching a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte or destabilize the government, a military official said on Sunday.
“We see no groups nor interest groups that might destabilize the government,” said Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar earlier warned of a supposed effort to unseat the President, quoting a Cabinet secretary who was in New York.
Arevalo said even retired military officers have been quiet.
Active military officers, meanwhile, have become more professional and were unlikely to join destabilization moves, he said.
“We have learned from our past experiences and we don’t want to repeat what had happened in the past as adventurism or destabilization efforts often damaged our economy and the country,” Arevalo pointed out.
“Now that we have already picked up economically, our economic gains are better, we do not want the Armed Forces as a professional organization to take part in those activities that would disrupt these developments. As of now we are brokering peace with all quarters, it’s quite remote for the Armed Forces to be the one to cause destabilization,” he added.
Last week, Andanar said Malacañang already knew the identities of the people behind the plot to oust President Duterte. He warned the plotters to think twice before carrying out their plan.
But he expressed confidence the ouster plot would not prosper because Duterte obtained a high trust rating early in his presidency.
Duterte had accused the “Yellows” — members of the erstwhile ruling Liberal party — of involvement in the plot to impeach him. Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, the Liberal titular head, has denied this.