Brig. Gen. Eliezer Losañes, commander of the Philippine Army in Negros Island, yesterday dismissed as “fake news” a message being circulated in social media that a military command had withdrawn support from President Rodrigo Duterte, following the removal of Ma. Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice by her colleagues.
Losañes, who supervises about 1,500 Army soldiers in Negros, is urging netizens not to circulate the message in social media.
He said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has a mandate to strictly follow the chain of command.
Losañes added that the Philippine Army troops stationed in Negros are focusing on their mandated job to protect communities against threats from the New People’s Army.
The message being circulated in the social media claims that soldiers from the “Southern Command, withdrew their support from the government of Duterte.
But the Southern Command no longer exists in Mindanao, as it was already divided into the Eastern and Western Mindanao Command, following its disbandment.
"A Messenger post purportedly from the soldiers of the 'Southern Command' allegedly withdrawing support from Government and the President and encouraging other AFP units to follow suit is now circulating in social media. A few people sent it to me to determine its veracity," AFP spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said.
"Your AFP shall and will remain united and steadfast following duly constituted authority and under the Chain-of-Command with the President and Commander-in-Chief on top of the hierarchy," Arevalo said.
Arevalo added that the "fake statement" circulating on social media is "obviously" a handiwork of "individuals who intend to sow discord in and to discredit the AFP as a professional organization."*GPB
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