Philippines army ‘won’t stage coup’

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Soldiers from the Philippine Army march during the 121st founding anniversary of the Philippine Army in Taguig City, the Philippines, March 20, 2018. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

MANILA (Manila Times) – Army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto is confident that no coup d’etat would be mounted because soldiers are “satisfied” with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Alberto said there was no reason for soldiers to move to oust the President.

“We are more professional and we [are not] inclined or [have] no tendency to join this adventurism,” the military official told reporters in a chance interview on Friday in Tanay, Rizal.

“We are satisfied with the political leadership of President Duterte, and we have more concerns and missions that require focus of the Armed Forces,” he added.

Military officials had repeatedly dismissed talks of an uprising against Duterte due to issues surrounding his administration. They warned soldiers that any coup attempt would fail.

The President himself warned of a possible coup because of widespread corruption.

Alberto, who headed the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, claimed that “100 percent” of the military remained loyal to the flag and to the Constitution.

He said any recruitment for an uprising would reach officials.

“Our soldiers would quickly report that to us,” Alberto said.

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