The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has denied the information revealed by Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary C. Alejano that President Rodrigo Duterte made an order to stop patrolling the West Philippine Sea.
“I do not know where Cong. Alejano got that supposed instruction from the Commander-in-Chief,” AFP spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said.
“Malamang kuryenteng balita yan if not yet another malicious imputation on the President dragging the AFP in,” Arevalo added.
Colonel Arevalo said for the record there is no such order coming from the Commander-in-Chief.
“As a matter of fact, our maritime and aerial patrols continue—contrary to such information allegedly received by the Partlylist Congressman,” the AFP spokesman added.
“Let me assure our people that your AFP continues and will continue to perform its mandate,” he said.