AFP, PNP Stay Solidly Behind Chief Executive

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Byline: ARIS ILAGAN

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said yesterday it is solidly behind its Commander-in-Chief President Arroyo, rejecting claims of a possible uprising led by junior military officers.

AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Buenaventura Pascual said the military's chain of command is still solid.

"Totoo na marami ang idealistic sa hanay ng Armed Forces, pero yung idealism na yon ay itinutuon namin sa pagsugpo ng insurgents at pagpapalakad ng reporma na matagal ng inuumpisahan ng Armed Forces. (It is true that there are many idealistic men in the Armed Forces, but that idealism is focused on suppressing the insurgency and instituting reforms that have long been started in the Armed Forces)," Pascual said in an interview.

Retired Philippine Constabulary chief Maj. Gen. Ramon Montano had earlier warned that idealistic junior- and middle-ranking officers from the AFP and the Philippine National Police might intervene if the House of Representatives junks the impeachment complaints against Mrs. Arroyo.

He added that a new faction of the Young Officers Union (YOU ) was disheartened by the alleged involvement of four military officers in election fraud last year.

The military is investigating the allegations against the four, including Philippine Army chief Maj. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon; former Southern Command chief Lt. …