DEFENSE Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday made a surprise
visit to the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) amid persistent
talks of an impending coup against the Aquino government.
Gazmin’s visit came just a day after logistical equipment were monitored being transported from the Nolcom and the Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) to the Army headquarters in Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City and the general headquarters in Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez, however, said Gazmin’s visit to Nolcom had nothing to do with the coup rumors.
He added that the Defense chief’s trip to the Solcom has long been planned because Gazmin wanted to remind soldiers on their role as responders during times of calamities.
“He was checking on their readiness, the equipment on the field and what more they need that would further enhance their disaster response and readiness capabilities,” Galvez explained.
He admitted though that the military continues to monitor the situation.
“It’s part of the security, but we have not monitored anything,” Galvez told reporters.
Galvez said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has evolved into a “contented, well-provided and well-equipped professional force,” thus soldiers have no reasons to rise against the civilian government.
“Our soldiers are concentrating on their job. After all these things that they have undergone, they are now more professional in their actions. We have already instituted a lot of reforms, mechanisms,” he added.
Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, commander of the 1st Civil Relations Group, said the Defense chief instructed them to prepare and help the people during calamities.