No need to remind soldiers to abide by their sworn duty and the Constitution – Palace

July 23, 2009 9:40 am 

MANILA, July 23 — Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said today there is no need to remind soldiers to abide by their sworn duty and the Constitution since the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have reached the highest degree of professionalism.

Ermita was reacting to the statement of former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz Jr., telling the military to “disobey patently unlawful order that is subvert to the Constitution.”

The Executive Secretary added that it was expected of Cruz to say that since he is allied with the opposition.

For his part, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez said Cruz has “no basis in issuing such statement and what he is saying is his personal opinion.”

“The AFP is duty-bound to protect the Constitution and they would not allow that they be used (by anybody),” he said.

Golez reiterated that President Arroyo will definitely bow out of office in 2010.

“The President respects the Constitution. Whatever is stated in the Constitution, she will abide by it and the Constitution states that her term will only last till 2010,” he said.

Golez pointed out that after President Arroyo delivers her ninth and last State-of-the-Nation Address on Monday, everybody will be preparing for the succession of whoever will be the next president. (PNA)

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