No loyalty check needed for Mindanao soldiers: military

The Eastern Mindanao Command assured that there’s no need for a loyalty check among its ranks amid the rumored coup d’état against the Duterte administration.
“The AFP is a very professional organization,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., the commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom).

Lt. Col. Maj. Ezra Balagtey, the spokesperson of Eastern Mindanao command, added, “We shall remain loyal to the constitution and chain of command amid the political turmoils.”
“While there are prevailing issues where some sectors are trying to drag the military into the fray, the Eastern Mindanao Command, together with its subordinate units, remains committed and focused in our task to secure our communities from terrorists and other lawless elements, and allow no one to take advantage of the situation to carry out their ill-intentions,” Balagtey said.
Maj. Gen Noel Clement, the commander of the 10th Infantry Division, also confirmed that the soldiers are all professionals and will not allow themselves “to be used for any political undertaking or coup.”

Clement said that everybody has their opinion on any issue but the soldiers remain focused on their mission to secure the communities, facilitate the delivery of basic services, and address threats to peace and security.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, the spokesperson of 10th ID, said that the division follows the order from the higher command.

“We follow the chain of command and perform the mandate in protecting the community within the areas of responsibility of the 10th ID,“ Lamosao said, adding that they don’t involve in political activities.
Meanwhile, Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of Police Regional Office XI, also said that all police personnel are loyal to the government.

“We do not support any movement In behalf of the PRO XI,” she said. “We do not support any of the movement on coup d’état.”

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday dismissed the idea of ordering a loyalty check among the military ranks as he insisted that they uncovered a destabilization plot against him. He said that he won’t insist that the soldiers should pledge loyalty to him but to the Flag and the Philippines.

“The impeachment, mutiny, coup d’etat… I’m just working if the Filipinos don’t want it then I’ll step down, there is no problem,” he added.

Meanwhile, Duterte also warned on Saturday that three groups are conniving to oust him by October. He mentioned the Liberal party, Senator Antonio Trillanes involvement with the Communist group.

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