A FORMER military official on Thursday called on active military and police officials to withdraw their support to President Benigno Aquino 3rd for the botched police operation in Mindanao that killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.
Ret. Marine Col. Generoso Mariano, head of the military component of a multi-sectoral group Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S), made the appeal as he called on President Aquino to step down due to his alleged mishandling of recent events.
“I am calling for our patriotic brothers in uniform to withdraw their support to President Benigno Aquino 3rd because the people are not satisfied anymore with his leadership,” Mariano, a former Marine battalion commander in 2006 and 2009, during told reporters in a press briefing at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.
Joining in the collective outrage of the Filipino people over the Mamasapano massacre, the Solidarity for Sovereignty has called on the Aquino government to stop the talks involving the peace process in Mindanao; to respect the sovereignty over all territories in our country particularly areas surrendered by the present administration to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front; and to bring the perpetrators and all those responsible for the Mamasapano massacre to justice.
Solidarity for Sovereignty aims to establish an alternative government that will pave the transition “from the corrupt, incompetent, heartless and inutile government to a new government that shall truly respond to the needs and aspirations of the Filipino people.”
Mariano said the patriotic military and police officials who serve as the protectors of the people as mandated by the law should maintain their loyalty to the people, not to the President.
However, he clarified that he is not calling for a coup or military takeover.