By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
No support for revolutionary government.
This was the assurance given to Vice President Leni Robredo by newly-installed Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero during a security briefing on Wednesday.
Robredo, during the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) security briefing for the Vice President at the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Pasay City, was assured by the military that it will not support any moves to establish a revolutionary government under the leadership Guerrero.
In an interview, Robredo said that Guerrero and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzan assured her “in no uncertain terms that they will not support a revolutionary government and anything that will serve as a threat to our Constitution.”
During the briefing, Robredo asked Guerrero and Lorenzana where they stand amid the rumors and noted that such talks are “dangerous” – given that they are being “floated by some supporters of the President, with the apparent backing of some appointed officials.”
“They gave their word that they will not support such efforts,” Robredo said. In return, she thanked the officials for their assurance – reiterating that the “public is looking at them to defend the country’s democracy.”
Initially, Robredo requested for the briefing amid relief efforts for affected communities in Marawi. The Office of the Vice President (OP) is looking to assist in rehabilitation efforts in the city, under its Angat Buhay anti-poverty program.
Robredo shared that the AFP gave her a “very comprehensive” briefing not only regarding the situation in Marawi City – which is the center of the 153-day siege started by the Maute local terror group – but also on the overall security situation in the country.
“We also talked about the different kinds of destabilization threats such as those threats coming from extremist groups and criminal groups, among others,” Robredo said in a mix of English and Filipino. “They were very transparent that even if the Marawi [crisis] is over, the threats…remain so it’s best for us to be vigilant,” she ended.
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