FORMER Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief and now Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon said he will not join calls for the ouster of President Benigno Aquino 3rd even if he is approached by his colleagues in the military.
Biazon, also a former Marine commandant, is a partymate of Aquino in the Liberal Party. He warned those who might try to convince him to break away from the president that they are likely to be disappointed.
“I won’t support it. I don’t see any reason why the President should resign and I have always been for institutional processes, in accordance with the Constitution, dating back to the People Power days [in 1986]. They [former generals]know me. I won’t go for that,” Biazon said in a phone interview
Biazon was referring to his tenure as the Armed Forces chief during the Presidency of former President Corazon Aquino who has endured multiple coup d’ etat attempts during her tenure.
“Nobody has come to me for that matter. Besides, who are these people anyway? They should come out to the public and tell the world what they want. They should not wait for me,” Biazon argued.
“These people should not hide in the shadows or in any other organization. Do they fear of being identified?,” he added.
The President is facing what could be the litmus test in the homestrecth of his administration because of the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, at the hands of the rebels and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The President has allowed his good friend and longtime aide, then suspended Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima, to lead the Mamasapano mission to arrest high profile terrorists.
In addition, there was a widespread outrage from the public because the MILF members were involved in the SAF killings even if the MILF already signed a peace agreement with the government in March 2014.