Malacañang: What coup rumors?

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Malacañang on Friday said it has not received reports of possible coup attempts triggered by controversies spawned by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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“We have not heard of any coup rumors. Rumors will remain rumors until such time that there is any [indication]that they have become facts,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte told reporters.

She asked the public to leave the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) out of politics.

“Let us insulate the military from politics because the military works for the country and the people. We should not engage in any effort to politicize the military. They already have enough [problems]on their hands,” Valte said.

Malacañang’s statement echoed a reminder of the new military chief, Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., to the troops last Wednesday to “stay their course and to keep to their mandates” amid the coup rumors.

“What’s important is that they know the essence of the news surrounding the DAP, we explain to them how the government and its three branches work,” Catapang said.

“There would be no coup, we are a professional Armed Forces… It would be hard if they get involved, we have experienced that during the 1980s, so we are over it,” he added.

Catapang said there are bigger problems the military should focus on.

“There’s a new war that we are about to face now that we are slowly addressing insurgency, and that is the globalized challenges of the 21st century which include global terrorism, global climate change, global maritime concern, global transnational crimes and proliferation of weapons of mass destructions,” he added.

Valte said Catapang was not trying to politicize the military. “Perhaps for the new chief of staff, it is a matter of information. The [military]has always been forthright in saying they had received DAP funds,” she added.

Based on Department of Budget and Management records, the AFP received P397.3 million under the DAP, which was used for capacity-building for the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute, housing and communication systems to soldiers and the rehabilitation of Air Education and Training Command.

After the Supreme Court ruled that parts of the DAP were unconstitutional, two impeachment complaints were filed at the
House of Representatives against the President. The first was endorsed by Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate and Neri Colmenares, and Anakpawis Rep. Fernando Hicap. The second was filed the next day and it was endorsed by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon.

The DAP is a discretionary fund that came under fire last year after Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada alleged that several senators received as much as P100 million for helping convict Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial in 2012.

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  1. If there is a plan of a coup , it will not be revealed easily, it is only a gimmick of the palace to fool the citizenry that Pnoy admin is still intact and strong. They are resorting to different tactics to divert peoples clamor for the stubborn and arrogant president to step down. They are exerting their fullest efforts since they are feeling the pressure when Pnoy stands against the SC.

  2. Samuel Santos on

    These days, each time I wake up in the morning, I ask my wife: “May bago na ba tayong presidente?” In return, she answers: “Wala pa nga, eh!”

  3. is there a coup that has been publicly announced? if there is one let it happen and we will see if its supported by the public. just let the ax fall to all who had abused the DAP and justice can be serve from the military junta who will be the one to punish these thieves.

  4. mikhail hieronymus on

    Coup is fine, but the trouble is that the person who will be the leader of the coup might turn out to of the same character as the person they will replace.

    Just see what Enrile and Honasan did. They were once part of the Edsa coup but now, they are part of the Port Barrel Scam.

    Even Trillanes who was supposed to be for good government is nothing more than the lap dog of Aquino.

    • Ed Peñalosa on

      what kind of mindset do you have? you know that the present leader is screwing up, but you don’t yet know details about the coup leader, but you prefer the one who is already screwing up? Weird thought!

  5. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    If the people can no longer stomach this administration, then people resort to
    an extra constitutional means to save this country from this corrupt, liar and
    vindictive president. The now rumored coup is the peoples answer to this
    administration’s continues lying. Instead of ferreting out the truth, the senate
    the other day came out with a zarzuela or moro moro where this NOTORIOUS
    DRILON and company were there lawyering for abad. What a shame. Why?
    they were in fact recipient of multi millions from malacanang. It’s a shame
    because instead of looking after the welfare of the people who voted him into
    office this NOTORIOUS DRILON openly lawyered,aided and guided abad.