Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday denied reports that the military is divided.
“I don’t think so, that’s just a rumor. Alam mo ‘yung gumagawa ng istoryang ganyan, marami nang disgruntled na active military [personnel] pero wala naman kaming nakikita,” Lorenzana said in an ambush interview at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier claimed that members of the AFP are divided over the declaration of his amnesty void ab initio based on Presidential Proclamation 572.
When asked on the morale of AFP personnel, the DND chief said it is very high.
“Mataas [ang morale], katataas lang ng sweldo nila ng doble di mataas ang morale nila. So that’s not true but destabilization [is] actually [true], pero ung galing sa CPP/NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army) which they hatched in 2016 and it was finalized in 2017. Meron na kasing Oust Duterte Movement, pinapaano nila yan sa mga galamay nila. I don’t know kung sasakyan yan ng ibang grupo, we do not know,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lorenzana advised troops to ignore individuals asking them to join destabilization efforts against the government
“Kung merong lalapit sa inyo na gaganun, trying to recruit you, wag nyo pakinggan,” the DND chief stressed.