AFP will not be disrespected or insulted - Duterte - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, March 4, 2018

AFP will not be disrespected or insulted - Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte and AFP, photo from Asia Times
It is out of pity that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to make sure that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will not be disrespected or insulted by Congress, Supreme Court (SC), and all other agencies and departments.

“Now, I’d like to address this to all. Hindi lang sa...lahat, Supreme Court, Congress, administrative bodies, Ombudsman, COA: Do not ever, ever insult the officers and men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Duterte said.during a shooting competition in Davao City.

He said that he had “always cautioned” the Committee Members against insults during congressional investigations with the media present, emphasizing that the soldiers have wives, children, and fellow soldiers watching.

“Ako lang naawa ako, in the so many cases remember I was once upon a time a congressman and we used to handle committee work including investigations,” Duterte said.
The President promised that if members of the Congress insult any of the AFP officers and soldiers, “let me know, I’ll get you from there.”

He even discouraged the soldiers from answering during an investigation, saying that if the Congress is “trying to find fault” the AFP should rather opt not to “talk to people who would twist your statements.”

Once more, Duterte assured the armed lot that he is ready to support them should any trouble hinder them in performing their duties.