Bangit: No need for people power
By Maria Althea Teves
Assures bishops that Armed Forces will be non-partisan in the elections
MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit on Tuesday told Catholic bishops that people taking to the streets will not be necessary, giving assurances that the conduct and results of May 10 polls will be “acceptable.”
The issue of a People Power revolt was discussed during
The Philippine Bar Association filed a petition questioning the promotion of Bangit before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning.
“Pare-pareho lang tayong naghahangad ng magandang kinabukasan (We all want a good future),” Bangit said.
He said that he yearns for a good and clean election because he also wants a good future for his children and grandchildren.
“Every Filipino should take pride in the forthcoming election. If we will all do our best to make it very credible, then we can always walk with our heads high telling everyone, in the international community, that we can have an credible and acceptable election,” Bangit said.
Bangit shared that the elections would not be “100 percent smooth.”
Although there would be problems in trouble areas, he said that they are confident that they would be successful in keeping the elections as clean as possible.
He added that the AFP would respect whoever would be declared winners in the upcoming polls.
He said that election hotspots are already being taken care of by the Joint Security Coordinating Committee of the AFP, PNP, and the Commission on Elections.
The committee has been organized at the national, regional, provincial, and municipal levels, he said.
He said that most of the problems are already being resolved in the regional and provincial levels. The committee gave authority to the representatives of the AFP at different levels to make decisions within their level for “quicker response.”
As a result, joint mobile patrol, joint checkpoints, and operations have been conducted by the AFP. He also added that the PNP would be deployed in different areas that need additional armed reinforcement, but this is still being discussed by the security committee. (abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak)