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AFP chief Brawner to troopers: Shun destabilization plots


AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. presided over the change of command in the Western Mindanao Command on Friday. Julie S. Alipala

AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. presided over the change of command within the Western Mindanao Command on Friday. (Julie S. Alipala / INQUIRER)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Employees Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. on Friday cautioned troopers towards taking part in any destabilization plot towards the federal government.

In his message in the course of the change of command ceremony on the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), Brawner mentioned the AFP management is agency in its dedication to the chain of command and the duly constituted authorities of the nation.

“As soon as we discover out that any of the energetic personnel are concerned (in destabilization), we’ll knock swiftly however judiciously,” he vowed.

Brawner additionally appealed to destabilization plotters: “Please don’t contain the energetic personnel of the AFP.”

He revealed that there have been efforts to recruit from among the many ranks of the AFP. “Maraming humihikayat sa mga particular person members natin,” he mentioned.

“Marami tayong naririnig ngayon na mga masasabi na destabilization efforts, na dapat palitan ang ating pangulo, dapat magkaroon ng coup d’etat,” Brawner advised the troopers.

“Sadly a few of them are former officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Nakausap ko ang iba sa kanila; sabi ko, you’ve gotten the appropriate to try this as a result of we’re in a democracy however please don’t contain the energetic personnel of the AFP,” Brawner mentioned.

Chatting with journalists after the ceremony, Brawner clarified that the destabilization effort isn’t widespread.

“Wala naman tayong naririnig na malawakang galawan however might mga (actions) nung September 21; might mga grupo na nagsasabi na magazine rally tayo. Alam natin kung ano ang layunin nila. We’re warning our troopers to not be part of any of this motion (as) we wish our nation to maneuver ahead to progress,” Brawner mentioned.

Brawner presided over the handover of Wesmincom from Main Common Steve Crespillo to Lieutenant Common William Gonzales, erstwhile AFP Inspector Common. Crespillo, in flip, shall be taking up Gonzales’ earlier put up.

Brawner mentioned the swapping of positions is a “very uncommon event within the army.”

Crespillo, who belongs to the Philippine Army Academy (PMA) “Bigkis-Lahi” Class of 1990, took over the helm of Wesmincom from Lt. Gen. Roy Galido final September 5.



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Gonzales is a graduate of PMA “Makatao” Class of 1989. Previous to his stint as Inspector Common, Gonzales served as commander of the eleventh Infantry Division protecting Sulu.



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