AFP, PNP officers want Aquino to quit

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GET OUT Members of various groups march to Mendiola to seek justice for the 44 slain police commandos and call on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to resign. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

ACTIVE and retired police and military officers and personnel have joined the clamor for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and some are willing to come out to make their sentiments known, according to retired general Edilberto Adan, chairman and president of the Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO).

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Adan, who once headed the Southern Command post, disclosed the apparent restiveness in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) amid warnings that the public outrage and discontent over the President’s handling of the Maguindanao tragedy may lead to an uprising.

“There are many who are discontented so it is possible that many in the ranks of active and retired (soldiers ad policemen) are supportive. However, in AGFO, we cannot ask them one by one or monitor them because we are 800 in all,” he said.

Adan confirmed that some retired senior officers are “actually eager” to surface and “make their presence felt” in support of ouster calls.

“But, again, these are individuals, not AGFO. There were discussions but no official position on the matter. What I can say is that there are some, not necessarily members of AGFO, who are eager to come out in the open,” he told The Manila Times.

Last week, AGFO condemned the killing of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) last January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, describing the incident as a “heinous, barbaric massacre” that cannot be justified by ongoing peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, whose forces combined with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in clashing with the police commandos.

The group, composed mostly of retired star-rank military and police officers who are veterans of the Mindanao insurgency and the campaign against terrorist groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, sought the surrender of the perpetrators and the return of the firearms seized from the slain policemen.

AGFO called for a “swift and independent” investigation of the supposed “mis-encounter.”

Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz also on Wednesday said some relatives of the fallen commandos have also joined calls for the “peaceful” departure of the President.

In an interview with The Times, Cruz disclosed that as the ranks of disgruntled uniformed officers grow, so does the clamor for Aquino’s ouster.

“There are retired and there are active [officers from both the police and the military]. Mukhang may sumasama na ring nawalan ng kamag-anak sa mga namatay na SAF [It looks like there are relatives of the fallen police who are joining the clamor for Aquino to step down],” he said.

The archbishop earlier said he was approached by leaders of various groups who also asked Aquino to leave Malacanang.

“These are groups of people with different objectives but now have merged into one. These are cause-oriented groups who have united… And their number is continuously growing,” he added.

Cruz, however, clarified that no guns or goons will be used, meaning the groups are not planning to stage any form of a power grab.

“More and more are joining this group. They are tired of the leadership of Aquino.
They come from both the police and the military,” he said.

According to him, at least 15 bishops are actively supporting these groups, which he did not identify “so that they may not be compromised.”

“[There are bishops]. There are 15 bishops who are individually against the President. They don’t like him anymore. But this is not the CBCP (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines). CBCP is not among these groups,” Cruz said.

Malacanang, however, said Aquino will not step down.

Its spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, dismissed calls for the President to quit as “not new.”

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino is “determined to finish his term.”

He called for sobriety and asked the public to study closely the issues surrounding the Mamasapano massacre and not to give in to emotions.

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  1. Kau n lng pumalit kay president pinoy….puro kau satsat hahahaha e kung ang sinasatsat nu e tulungan nu xa…mas ok p cguru un db?

  2. C. M. Kabigting on

    Nakakahiyang presidente, di bale relax lang suportado ka naman namin, kung sakaling magkudeta suportado ka pa rin namin, dahil kami ay mga “konsintidor” na pilipino.

  3. May na-prove na siya na marami siyang nagawang mabuti para sa ‘buong’ Pilipinas… daming nakulong at naalis sa pwesto na mga kilalang corrupt, naging less corrupt na ang Pinas para sa buong mundo, matatag ang Peso currency at tinuturing na tayong next Tiger of Asia dahil sa mabuting economy natin, , nagkaroon ng Project NOAH, SLEX-NLEX connections, pantawid pamilya program, infrastructure projects sa ibat-ibang siyudad at probinsiya, etc etc..

    So kung mag-resign sya, sure ka ba na mas OK ang papalit?.. ay naku? kung gusto niyong ‘mag-trial and error’, tumira na lang kayo sa Chemistry Lab.

    • Anong pinag sasabi mo madami syang nagawa! wtf.. seryoso ka?. do some research noytard!. BBL plang na gustong gusto nya ipasa ay against sa constitutional naten.! dahil meron pang existing which is ARMM!. at ang pagkampe sa mga rebelde kung yun ang pamamaraan nya ng peace process!. isa syang malaking dumbass! kaya nga may mga sandatahang lakas ang pilipinas para pugsain ang mga naninira ng ating bansa at handa sila pumatay at mamatay para ipaglaban ang BANSANG PILIPINAS!. alam mo ba yang presidente mo kung ipapasa ang BBL! mgging substate ang malaking parte ng mindanao . alam mo ba ung substate? o isa karin na katulad nyang mangmang?.

    • ok ka lng? napakulong nya mga kalaban nya? siguro mabibilib ako kung napakulong nya si ABAD..si DRILON..si PURISIMA…si SOLIMAN…pero hindi eh..mga kalaban nya lng sa pulitika ang tinarget nila…teka ano ngyari kay napoles? nakulong ba? dba sya ung maraming pera? teka may mga escort pa sya…pera pa ng bayan ung ginagamit sa knya…kagaguhan yng sinasabi mo..pakamatay ka na noytard..walang nagawa ang presidente mo

  4. Ganun talaga ang buhay, sa dami ng nagawang kabutihan mo, mas maaalala pa ng tao yung ilang pagkakamali mo… nakakalungkot lang isipin na kung kelan pabulusok na ang pag-unlad ng Pilipinas sa pamumuno ni P-Noy ay biglang nagkakaroon ng ganitong pangyayari.. habang hinahatak nila si P-Noy pababa, parang hinatatak na rin pabalik sa kumunoy ang bansa natin. Hindi ko siya binoto, pero napakarami niyang magagandang proyekto na ginawa at gagawin pa.. at sa termino lang niya yung napakaraming kurakot na kinasuhan at pinakulong.

    • anuvey,

      please read (and do research) on what BBM2016 said. also read what MOKS said.

      kapatid natin ang mga Muslim sa Mindanao. Ngunit katulad ng mga radical muslim sa ibang bansa na ginagamit sa kasamaan ang relihiyong eto, eh AYAW ko nang makipag-usap sa mga terorista sa mindanao. They have always used ceasefire to kill government troops and civilians. And bear in mind our government troops had/have both Christians and Muslims members. How can you talk peace with – not just dishonest – but traitors?

      Kung itinuturing mong kabutihan ni Pnoy ang pagpili ng mga kaibigan sa posisyon, ang iwanang walang leadership ang mga importanteng ahensya ng gobyerno, ang mas bigyang halaga si purisima….hindi ko alam, nakakatakot ang blind faith mo sa kanya. HE COULD HAVE DONE MORE. he could have done more. :'(

  5. alam nyo kung ano kulang sa presidente natin?? ang maging matapang.. masyado syang naduduwag,.. sa ibang bansa nga pinatay ang isa like for example ung jordanian pilot, anong ginawa ng leader sa jordan,?? db nag airstrike sa mga ISIS.. tsk..
    dear PNOY,
    d nmn sa gusto nmin ng gyera sa mga kapatid naming pilipinong muslim.. ang gusto lang namin HUSTISYA at AkSYON.. be a BADASS president kahit ngayon lang.. ipakita mong kaya mo ipagtanggol ang kapwa mo pilipino..

    • siya nawa!

      simpleng sorry. the buck stops here. eh sisihin ang #SAF44, ang SAF, hindi salubungin ang ang #SAF44, mahuli sa pamisa sa ikalawang araw ng dating ng mga #SAF44 at mag-smile ng mag-smile at mag- “it’s all about me” drama, at hindi igawad ang MEDAL OF VALOR!!! matzos idikdik si NAPENAS eh penury si purism sa pagkapatay kay marwan at sabihing “he regrets accepting his resignation.” arghh!

  6. Sino,naman ang papalit pareho lang sila,,militarytakeover nayan,.kawawang naman yung mga heroes natin buhis buhay nila yung Lapu-Lapu,Dr.Jose Rizal pati nayung 44 soldiers at ang ibang tunay na heroes,,Lord God Jesus Christ please help our country Pilipinas kung mahal to be peaceful and prosperity..

    • di bale nang military takeover and have presidential election within 6 months rather than have an incompetent leader that cannot be trusted and no leadership at all. Respect for him is not there anymore so it would be more dangerous if he lingers till his term expires.

  7. Our president is a poor leader. Very unsatisfactory . But asking his resignation is not a solution to all our present problems. If he resigns, who do you think will take over? the military? Or……..?

    Let’s just join hands in contributing in our little way effort not to worsen our present situation. Just a year to go, god willing and Pinoy is gone as President. Next time we choose our president, let’s think and vote wiser.

  8. Eto na naman tayo…pinaglalaruan lang kayo ni Nognog at ng mga alagad nya sa AFP naniniwala naman kayo. O talagang mga tanga tayong Pilipino, ngayon lang tayo nagkaroon ng maayos na president gusto nyo ng alisin dahil sa nangyari sa SAF. I consider nyo naman ang mga nagawang maayos ni PNoy. Wala pa tayong naging maayos na katulad nya since Pres. Magsaysay.
    O talagang mga talangka ang pagiiisip nating mga pinoy. Pagmay umaangat kailangan ibagsak. Ano ba ang mga karakter ng humihingi ng resignation ni PNoy, una si Nognog…Corrupt!!! mga AFP and PNP…Corrupt!!! nabawasan ang mga tong nila ng umupo si PNoy kaya galit sila. Alam nila kabaro nila si Nognog kaya gusto nilang iupo..di bah!

    • Corrupt? Who’s not corrupt? We are not looking for Saints in choosing leaders for our country. Baka wala tayong makita kung ang hahanapin natin ay Santo. We are looking for lesser evil , but has contributed efforts beneficial to our countrymen. I’m not for Binay, yung tinatawag mo na Nognog, nor did i vote for him as mayor when i was a resident of Makati. But look, what he did with Makati , he is the only mayor who made Makati as progressive as it is now. Kaya ko siya nakilala dahil sa nakita kung ginawa nya. Though i respect Pnoy as i have no choice dahil siya ang presidente, But, sorry, from the time he was proclaimed as president, wala talaga akong nakitang magandang ginawa nya. Remember the hostage taking in Luneta? Can we call it a job well done by Pnoy? Where was he and Mayor Lim that time? Nanonood ng tv sa nearby resto, Emerald Restaurant. Takot yata maka-kita ng dugo ?

      Now, if that’s what you call diretso na daan, ano na lang kaya ang itsura ng baluktot na daan?

  9. Felicitas Jaque on

    Lets us all pray for the STRENGTH AND GRACE IN THE LEADERSHIP of our President. It’s not easy to lead when there are politicians dragging him down.

    • It is not easy to lead if you are not qualified. Specially if your are just there because of your parents name.

    • why would I do that. he knew he was elected by a pcos machine so he must step down as he has no constitutional right to sit in the office of the president that he paid for 500M. what a gall he has to use the office of the president to perform the duties of a thief.

    • Mario Maghirang on

      No way….Binay has no place in politics anymore…he got a lot of unexplained wealth to explained.

  10. There are always two sides to every story, and a small moments taken out of context can be incredibly misleading. Pinoy were battered and bruised by many different allegations. But, like any other, of course he deserves the benefit of the doubt, until proven guilty.

    Seems like this current Administration is now losing its moral compass. If so, it might soon end up going from the frying pan to the fire. Would it be able to get around with it? Maybe, just maybe…

  11. The current Administration has lost its moral compass. Pinoy and Purisima might soon end up going from frying pan to the fire. Would they be able to get around with it? I don ‘t know. Maybe, just maybe …

  12. Aquino has not just sacrified for personal interests the lives of the troops, but will compromise more lives of Filipinos in the future with this ill advised, hurriedly conceived peace pact with a Muslim group which everybody knows except him has been connected to terroristic activities in this country.

    • Nganga kasi Presidente natin! Wala NGA siyang PAKIALAM kung SINO ang nag papatay sa tatay NIYA mismo, sa IBANG tao pa kaya??!! Dapat jan Ilubog sa Pasig River! TOINK!!

  13. Billy dela Peña on

    I agreed that the President must step down before the our forces will do action. The action that the president make is not a moral uplifting but a disgrace in the face of our force.

    Any person hold fire arm and against to government is a terrorist.

    One Country, One Force.

    • Bakit alam mo n hindi alam ni pinoy cnu ng papa Tay s tatay nia?at ikaw alam mo b cnu pumayag s tatay nia?ng mama galing lng!lol

  14. sa dami ng mga kapalpakan ni Pnoy dapat bumaba na sya sa kanyang pwesto at tumawag ng snap election dahil ang mga nakaupo ngayon ay mga corrupt din lalo na si binay.

  15. President Aquino does not have to resign. He should do the following:

    (1) Take responsibility of what happened as the Commander in Chief.

    (2) Set aside the BBL.

    (3) Go after the guilty parties. Take charge as the Commander in Chief!

    Admitting you made a mistake is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. More importantly, doing what is right and just after admitting your fault will appease your “boss” (ang bayan) and pacify public outrage.

    • Sociopaths do not apologize, and he is just a puppet of Ochoa, Abad and pAbaya. The most incompetent president in the history of the Philippines!

    • tama ka kabayang jose. hindi nyo ba napapansin para tayo bayang isinumpa!magmula ng patalsikin si estrada,legal na halal ng bayan by a landslide.ibig sabihin sa tao galing ang puesto nya.Cory Aquino admitted edsa II was a big mistake.marami rin coup attempts nuon panahon ni cory but she survived,as well as the people. repeating the same mistake as in estrada case, we will be doomed as a nation. people will suffer as twice as today. Noynoy Aquino is a people’s choice & won by a landslide. it only means that people are willing to suffer, with him on the way, because they chose him.

    • Tampa ka KabayangJose. But it’s been two weeks! 2 weeks and no balls to do it! and he had the gall to credit purisima with marwan’s death and again blame Napenas.

      And yes Faquino, sociopaths don’t apologize. just look at his sister.

  16. When you jump out from the fire, be sure you’ll not land atop the burning ember. I admit that Aquino committed bad decisions, but having him replaced by a Vice President of questionable demeanor is much worst than just waiting for the remaining months of the president’s term to pass.

  17. alfonso g. aquino on

    be careful with what you ask for. if the president resigns, and the constitution is still in operation, he will be succeeded by a more corrupt and extremely dangerous leader– VP bitay. if the AFP-PNP group will stage a coup d’etat, it will be a revolutionary junta that will rule and we will be in a state of martial law. in these scenarios, we will witness the disintegration of the country and anarchy will be the order of the day. if the people will stage an edsa, who will be their leader?therefore, the people must now start to look for that leader. someone who is apolitical and incorruptible, and would agree to only be there on a temporary and brief sojourn. his continuance will depend on his performance, however.

    • what make you say that the vp is a corrupt person? do you have any proof or valid documents to show? everything that has been seen and heard in tv / media is just a “paninirang puri” of the people afraid of him when election comes.
      pnoy must be replaced as soon as possible before he sold our nation to malaysia and divide our country for the muslim rebel… pnoy is out of his mind already and is now out of control… his latest action in the current problem of our nation shows that he is not fit to handle the sensitive problems our country are now facing… WE MUST SAVE OUR NATION FROM THIS PERSON1 NOW NA!!!

  18. Need a transition government made up of civilian/military to run the government replace or revise the constituitions,change form of government to parliamentary.Form military court to try corruption cases.Bring back death penalty.P-NOY government is already irrelevant,abolish autonomous regions then allout war against all rebels and terrorists no more ceasefire and no more peacetalk.

  19. It seems to me that as “an individual” general Adan wants PNoy to resign. If this is actually so, then I say, “Mabuhay po kayo sir, may your tribe increase.”

  20. KAYO naman mga palabiro! Sino ang papalit? Si VP ? Sumalangit nawa ang Pilipinas! Right now, the media is playing on the emotions of the people, catering to the criticsims of the militants, by-standers, the bereaved ones, those who are in the active and retired AFP personnel, the civilian run PNP, the politicos and others. President Aquino should be steadfast against these critics. and make amends on those shortcomings as pointed out by the critics but NEVER NEVER TO RESIGN! I have also some criticisms against the President’s actions on the SAP debacle.The President has to make some changes in his cabinet members who are undermining him. For a start, replace Secs Ohoa, Alcala, Abaya and Abad, dismiss C,PNP Purisima and designate Dep Dir Gen Espina as the PNP Chief, relieve VP Binay in his cabinet, assign Sec Lacson as DILG chief, etc. It is high time for the President to be decisive atleast in this area. Anyway,the people elected the President with his strenght and shortcomings. History will be the judged on his presidency.

    • Ronald Fajardo on

      Tama, di yung pabigla-bigla. Maging lesson sana sa atin ang ating masamang kahapon. Nasosobrahan na kasi ang ibang kababayn natin ng panonood ng tele nobela sa TV. Na ang lahat ay parang magic lang,

    • Anybody will be much better than BSA III. Why even my barber has more brains than him. Binay may be corrupt but he has the balls and guts and intelligence. Money drained I can forgive but dismemberment of the Republic is treason and treachery which I cannot forgive. Kudos to my integrable friend, Ed Adan. I have known him since he fought insurgents in Surigao. Salute ako sa iyo Pare.

  21. There is NO Leadership. Someone else seems to be running government and Aquino is just a front. From the start mst of us knew that he is mentally challenged. This is the price we have to pay. Remember the Emperor playing the violin as Rome was burning? Similarities… anyone?

  22. Did the boy scouts of BSP and the marine de B9 plus the ex rebels in Batangas piggery join the out cry for the resignation of PNoy so the VP could take over? God bless Pilipinas!

  23. apolonio reyes on

    Ako ay maka Ninoy at Cory pero hindi kay Noynoy. Kung mag resign si P……Noy…. . SINO…SINO….. ANG PAPALIT ? SI VPB BA????? H…..U…..W…..A …..G…. NAMAN PLEA………….S…….E. !

    • Anybody will be much better than BSA III. Why even my barber has more brains than him. Binay may be corrupt but he has the balls and guts and intelligence. Money drained I can forgive but dismemberment of the Republic is treason and treachery which I cannot forgive. Kudos to my integrable friend, Ed Adan. I have known him since he fought insurgents in Surigao. Salute ako sa iyo Pare.

  24. Rene L. Canlas on

    Mr. President please dont resign. If you do, VP Binay will take-over and that will be the worst thing that will happen to our country. Just finish your term and continue working as our President and we as voters come 2016 election will vote a new President but not Binay. Anybody among those who runs but not Binay. Patay tayo dyan mga kabayan..

    • Anybody will be much better than BSA III. Why even my barber has more brains than him. Binay may be corrupt but he has the balls and guts and intelligence. Money drained I can forgive but dismemberment of the Republic is treason and treachery which I cannot forgive. Kudos to my integrable friend, Ed Adan. I have known him since he fought insurgents in Surigao. Salute ako sa iyo Pare.

  25. Hortencio Enguerra on

    The future of our country depends on what we do today…. i totally support the AGFO 100%

  26. People are calling for resignation of PNoy. Why? What happen when he resign ? Who will replace him? VP Binay ? Give us a break. U want the president who order to capture or kill bomb maker terrorist or u want the new president who is corrupt . VP Binay want to be president so he can steal more taxpayer money.

  27. Nothing new? Lacierda? Nothing new sa iyo ang may namatay na apat na pu’ng police na hindi niyo sinaklolohan? Dahil sa kayabangan, kabastusan at pagkalapastangan niya sa batas at sa chain of command, nilagay nang amo mo sa sadyang kapahamakan ang buhay nang mga police na yan. Ngayon, apat na pu’t apat na pamilya ang namatayan. Buong bayan, nagluluksa – NOTHING NEW? Lumayas ka diyan…ayaw ka na naming pa suweldohan…mga halang ang kaluluwa niyo!

  28. It is for the best interest of the nation that Aquino should step down with his entire cabinet. A transition government must take over composed of men and women who are known for their honesty, integrity, wisdom, experience and high intelligence. A snap election should be held immediately. A total revamp of the entire government must be undertaken including the military, police, and judiciary as well.

    It is time for us to unite as a nation and demand for a change of political leadership, stop corruption, improve governance and institute genuine reforms. We have already seen too many serious blunders of the Aquino administration. We do not deserve an incompetent government led by an inept President. Now is the time to change not tomorrow or next year. It must be done now to save the nation from more perils.The sovereignty resides in the people hence, only the people can demand for the resignation of Benigno C, Aquino.

  29. It is for the best interest of the nation that Aquino should step down with his entire cabinet. A transition government must take over composed of men and women who are known for their honesty, integrity, wisdom, experience and high intelligence. A snap election should be held immediately. A total revamp of the entire government must be undertaken including the military, police, and judiciary as well.

    It is time for us to unite as a nation and demand for a change of political leadership, stop corruption, improve governance and institute genuine reforms. We have already too many serious blunders of the Aquino administration. We do not deserve an incompetent government led by an inept President. Now is the time to change not tomorrow or next year. It must be done now to save the nation from more perils.The sovereignty resides in the people hence, only the people can demand for the resignation of Benigno C, Aquino.

  30. Everybody should close rank to demand his resignation, if not the AFP/PNP AS PROTECTOR OF THE PEOPLE should OUST AQUINO.
    Is this the kind of President the people wants to lead? Is the nation proud to have a leader like him who does not even empathize with the people? It’s time for him to go after all his election was highly questionable or else the people should boot him out.

  31. Aquino has made the MILF/ISIS/Al Queda very strong. He has appeased them, and bribed them with our taxmoney and U.S. aid money…