By Francis Wakefield
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. reminded soldiers to always put the interest of the organization and the nation above their own.
Galvez made the remark amid growing concern on the current political situation affecting the country and there are plots to oust President Rodrigo Duterte from power.
Galvez said that while he is aware that the troops have individual views on many issues, those merely hallmark an intelligent and matured organization like the AFP.
At the same time, Galvez said the AFP remains strong as an organization and they are not divided as some may have claimed.
He also warned those who are sowing lies and trying to divide the AFP that they will not succeed with their plans.
“Let me belie claims by some quarters of divisiveness or rumblings in the AFP. I assure our people that, as in many times in the past, the AFP will be united and strong as an organization,” Galvez said.
“Let me then, as the AFP chief of staff, take this occasion to warn persons who or groups that attempt to divide the AFP by sowing intrigues and discord among its officers and enlisted personnel. You will not succeed.
“I am nonetheless reminding every soldier, airman, sailor, and marine not to meddle or take part in partisan politics. Our loyalty is to the Constitution. I command the troops to adhere to the rule of law and always obey the chain of command. Violation of these instructions will be dealt with severely and personnel who will get involved will be immediately relieved from their posts and investigated,” he added.