Bishop Tumulak defends Bangit

June 10, 2010 8:07 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — A Catholic Bishop downplayed reports that another coup d' etat is in the offing.

With this, Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, Military Ordinariate defended Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Delfin Bangit saying that the latter does not believe in military take-over.

“I don’t think so. General Bangit does not believe in coup d' etat. I think he is a professional soldier, if he says that he wont leave, I am very certain he will do his work,” he said, in an interview over Radio Veritas 846.

The prelate refused to comment on the issue between President-elect Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III and the AFP Chief.

But, he wants to know the opinion of the general. “I want to listen first to his feelings, what is important, I want to know what is in his heart.”

The issue between the two officials stemmed when Bangit refused to follow the other government officials who tendered their “courtesy resignation” in respect to the incoming administration.

For his part, President Aquino said that he intends to replace the AFP chief.

Bangit, is identified with outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but his appointment was not confirmed by the Commission on Appointments (CA).(PNA) LOR/FGP/utb


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