Non-partisan troops in surveys 2022: Army chief
MANILA – The commander of the Philippine Army (PA), Lieutenant General Andres Centino, assured that all officers and men of the service will remain non-partisan in the elections next year.
“We have always been a professional organization and we adhere to it. And I assume that in the coming elections we will again be appointed together with the Philippine National Police as part of the main organization tapped by the Comelec (Commission for Elections).” he said in an interview with CNN Philippines over the weekend.
Previously, Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana had reminded troops to remain neutral and impartial before the May 2022 elections, and military personnel are not allowed to campaign for a candidate.
The omnibus electoral code prohibits soldiers from participating in party political activities.
“The national and local elections are imminent. As we continue to conduct security operations, we must ensure that all employees exercise the right to vote. Everyone has to register for the upcoming elections, ”said Centino.
The army, he said, is determined to comply with the order of the Commander-in-Chief (President Rodrigo Duterte) to end local conflicts before the end of his term in 2022.
“We are making sure that all of our ground forces are able and ready to fulfill this mandate. Rest assured that the Philippine Army will continue to serve the people with pride and secure the country,” added Centino. (PNA)