Alejano on Trillanes arrest : "I call on the AFP and PNP to not follow illegal orders"

Alejano on Trillanes arrest : "I call on the AFP and PNP to not follow illegal orders"




Fellow Magdalo member and Partylist representative Gary Alejano is making it sure that his mistah is not alone in this fight.

Yesterday, the President revoked the grant of amnesty to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV citing non-compliance of pre requisites to the granting of such order, all this in relation to the latter’s staging of uprisings in 2003 and 2007 as a Navy officer. And the revocation comes with the directive for the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to apprehend the opposition senator.
Magdalo PartyList Representative Gary Alejano (Photo credit to rmn.ph)

Alejano made a call to security forces not to obey President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s  “illegal” order to arrest Senator Trillanes.

"The order to the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) to apprehend Senator Trillanes is an illegal one," said Alejano.

"I call on the AFP and PNP to not follow illegal orders. Huwag nilang hayaan na gamitin ang kanilang institusyon sa isang bagay na lumalabag sa ating mga batas (They should not allow their institutions to be used in something that violates our laws). I would like to remind them that they swore to uphold and protect the laws of the land," he added. 

He even said that the state troops “are not private armies of Duterte.”

"They are the army of and for the Filipino people. Do not stain the integrity of the military and police before the Filipino people by acting as pawns to a dictator," he said. 


Chain of Command


When asked if the military is being used as a political tool of President Duterte, the Department of National Defense (DND) said that the AFP “is an apolitical organization” that merely follows the chain of command.

"I think the AFP is the least politicized organization... But the fact is they follow a chain of command and the Commander-in-Chief is the President. Doon nag-e-emanate lahat ng actions ng AFP (All actions of the AFP emanate from there)," DND Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong told mediamen. 

"If you're asking us kung may motive ang DND and AFP (if the DND and AFP have a motive) to purposefully put Senator Trilanes in jail just for the sake of politics, I don't think that's the case," Andolong added. 

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