AFP chief reminds troops: Violation of the non-partisan rule is punishable

With election season just a few months away, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured the public that all of its troops and units will remain committed to its oath and to be non-partisan. This was stressed by AFP public affairs office chief Colonrl Noel Detoyato Tuesday.

“Soldiers must be non-partisan, that’s the stern reminder of AFP chief-of-staff [Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri] to our troops this coming elections,” he said in Filipino.

Detoyato said this reminder is further stressed during Iriberri’s visits to Unified Command which includes the Western Command in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Central Command in Cebu City, Cebu; and Northern Luzon Command in Tarlac.

He added that this message will also be repeated once the AFP chief visits the other Unified Commands which includes the Southern Luzon Command in Lucena, Quezon; Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City; and Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City.

“It is a specific order and there are appropriate sanctions for this,” the AFP public affairs office chief stressed when asked if violation of the non-partisan rule is punishable.