Because, if you add those two words to these:
- Thousands of people massing almost at EDSA and other public spaces condemning the corruption of the pork barrel system.
- Law experts and two senators saying that the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is illegal and unconstitutional.
What do you get? I shudder at the thought of yet another uprising throwing everything awry.
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At the start of the week, Manila Standard Columnist Jojo Robles revealed that there was a military plot to remove President Benigno III from office:
The supposed plot involved two groups of soldiers belonging to a Zamboanga-bound military contingent that broke ranks with their main convoy, which was headed to Sangley Point in Cavite, the transshipment point of reinforcing troops bound for that troubled southern city. The two groups, both led by a Scorpion light tank backed up by several truckloads of soldiers each, missed going to Zamboanga, as a result, and startled civilians traversing main roads who saw them on that day.
A source in the military explained that the two tank-supported groups would later be investigated for failing to join the main contingent because of suspicions that they had been enlisted in a plot to bring down the Aquino government. In their defense, one group said it failed to join the Sangley Point deployment because it had gotten lost on the way to Cavite; the other group explained that it had encountered mechanical problems in their vehicles and decided not to join the main convoy headed for Zamboanga.
At the time, Aquino was still in the provincial city, supposedly monitoring the defense of Zamboanga after the bloody attack staged by the Moro National Liberation Front. As a result of the incident, the Presidential Security Group decided to keep Aquino in Zamboanga for a few days more, after ruling that the President would be much safer in Mindanao instead of Manila.
Naturally, both the military hierarchy and the PSG did not really buy the excuse of the leaders of the two tank-led groups of soldiers that they had merely gotten lost or had experienced a mechanical breakdown. For the moment, though, no sanctions were imposed on the officers and men who belonged to both Army groups.
However, at least one other source told me that it’s possible that the supposedly unplanned breakaway was indeed staged by members of the military who were trying to “test the waters” in the event of a full-scale uprising. “The PSG was correct in not believing the reasons they gave for not proceeding to Sangley,” this source said. “The two tank groups could have been staging a dry run, to see if they could gather support from other sectors of the military.”
Meanwhile, as a result of the incident, top officials of the military are closely monitoring their men, to ensure that no similar events happen in the future. Just to be on the safe side, of course.
We can look at it as a simple military misadventure, but something tells me that there is something deeper and something hidden happening.
In a Facebook Page called Philippine Defense Forces Forum, a statement from “Concerned Junior Officers” was posted.
STATEMENT FROM A GROUP OF CONCERNED JUNIOR OFFICERS OF THE AFP
WARNING – To the destabilizers outside the AFP who are trying to cause unrest within the AFP especially among the junior officers with the objective of a rebellion against our duly elected President and Commander in Chief – YOU WILL NEVER SUCCEED in your nefarious and malicious campaign to divert the public away from the grievous misdeeds of your political sponsors.
The AFP junior officer cadre’s support for the Commander in Chief is at its highest and will never falter because for the last three years, we have seen how the Commander in Chief made true of his promise to improve the welfare of the common soldier and policeman. Because of his close attention to the DND, AFP, PNP – corrupt practices among the senior officials and officers have been drastically reduced while equipment, weaponry, training & other support have dramatically increased from previous Administrations.
The Commander in Chief’s unfaltering support and keen military decisions during the Zamboanga City operations further cemented the officers’ and enlisted personnel’s trust and confidence in our Commander in Chief.
We will not be divided and WE WILL BE AMONG THE FIRST TO BE THERE to defend the President and Commander in Chief from all of you who wish to return this country to the dark and dirty past.
If there is no serious threat of military unrest, why is there a need for such a statement?