Disgruntled military men lurk in the shadows


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has recently directed to verify the existence of a group of young police and military officers dissatisfied over the government’s handling of various issues plaguing the country.

The PNP has just received a directive from higher authorities tasking them to verify and monitor the existence of a group of police and military officers calling itself as the Reformed Officers Union (ROU).

A Camp Crame-based police officer said that the PNP national headquarters received the order last week directing them to validate and monitor alleged members of the ROU.

The police officer who declined to be named, said that after receiving the order, Camp Crame issued also a memorandum its field offices and support units to also monitor the existence of ROU members in their respective areas.

The police officer added that PNP Intelligence Group, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and other police intelligence units were tasked to monitor the said group of dissatisfied police and military officers.

Disgruntled military and police officers have been the problem of past and previous administrations that started during the later years of the Marcos administration, which was overthrown by a military uprising backed by people power in 1986.

The administration of former President Corazon Aquino, the mother of the current president, had to contain at least several coup attempts during her incumbency, one of which nearly toppled her if not for American intervention.

Former President, now Mayor Joseph Estrada of Manila, was also overthrown from power after the military withdrew their support from him following a series of protest and rallies against his administration in 2000 to 2001.

The administration of former president and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga Second District was also rocked by several incidents of military and police rebellion from 2003 to 2006 over corruption allegation.


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