The Armed Forces of the Philippines has just shrugged off reports that 31 retired generals are against the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
According to Col. Restituto Padilla, official spokesman of the AFP, there is nothing wrong with the manifest signed by the retired generals, five of which were former AFP chief of staff, and members of the Association of Generals and Flag Officers.
Padilla believes that their resistance toward the BBL is part of their personal opinion and the publishing of a paid ads manifesto in some national broadsheets is part of democratic practices.
Anyone is free to state their own opinion.
Padilla added that they respect the opinion of the 31 retired generals and that the AFP will work in line with the constitutional mandate that is part of the democracy that exists in our country.
Prior to this, a full-page advertisement of the AGFO was published in national newspapers. Based from the said ad, the retired generals from AFP, the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Jail Management and Penelogy said that the BBL should not be ratified because it is against the constitution and it will only benefit the rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Former AFP Chief of Staff ret. Generals’ Renato De Villa, Dionisio Santiago, Efren Abu, Generoso Senga and Alexander Yano, former Scout Ranger Chief ret. Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, founding leader of the Young Officers’ Union and a known President Benigno Aquino III ally, all signed the said manifesto. (with DZRH Bing Formento)