Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana denied claims on social media that he is part of a Viber group consisting of 300 ranking military officials planning unauthorized movements to address issues in the West Philippine Sea.
“The AFP trusts the government’s management of the situation in the disputed area and its diplomatic thrust in protecting the sovereignty and sovereign rights of our country,” he added in a statement forwarded to reporters Sunday night.
Sobejana also branded as “fake information” claims that there is a group of retired and active military officials planning to withdraw support for President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“Nevertheless, the military leadership takes cognizance of the presence of individuals and groups that are determined and are engaged in orchestrated efforts to undermine the government,” he added.
The AFP chief said groups discredit the military’s efforts through fake news intended to agitate and confuse the people to turn against the government or support those who are rebelling against it.
“We, therefore, advise the public to remain calm and dismiss this as propaganda,” Sobejana added.
He said the AFP is loyal to the Constitution and the duly constituted authorities, and that all military personnel are firmly behind the chain of command. PNA.GOV.PH