Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama has ordered a Marine colonel restricted and investigated for calling on other soldiers to “replace the government.”
Colonel Generoso Mariano, deputy commander of the Naval Reserve Command in Manila, was restricted within his quarters in Fort Bonifacio effective Friday morning, Pama told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.
Pama made the announcement after Mariano appeared in a video clip calling on Filipinos, including soldiers, to “replace the government.”
“Kung ang kasalukuyang pamahalaan ay walang intensyon o kaya walang naisasagawa upang isalba ang buhay ng mga nakakarami it is the duty, it is the right of every filipino including soldiers to replace the government,” Mariano said in the video dated July 3.
“‘Wag na tayong magpapaloko sa mga nangangakong sinungaling, wag na po tayong pagamit para labanan ang kapwa natin Pilipino sa Mindanao, wag na po tayong maniwala sa mga statistikong gawa-gawa lamang na umuunlad ang ating bansa habang parami nang parami ang nagugutom, ipaglaban po natin ang karapatang mabuhay at ang maunlad na kinabukasan ng ating kabataan,” he added.
Pama said he does not yet know why Mariano, who is set to retire on July 17, made the call.
“Iniimbestigahan pa kung ano ang motibo niya (Mariano),” Pama said, adding that he ordered Brig. Gen. Eugenio Clemen to lead the investigation.
There are “no indications so far” that Mariano has any followers within the Navy or other branches of the Armed Forces, Pama said. (John Roson)
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