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AFP to keep elections orderly

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) role in this year’s polls is to ensure that all election-related activities are conducted successfully and peacefully, said AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato.

On January 21 and February 6, the Philippines holds the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite while the mid-term election is set on May 13.

The AFP has been deputized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“So we will dedicate our efforts for the successful conduct of the BOL plebiscite and the incoming mid-term elections,” Detoyato said on Thursday.

“Our combat operations and other security operations will always be in support to the honest, orderly and peaceful conduct of Comelec-sanctioned activities,” he added.

Meanwhile, Detoyato defended the Philippine National Police’s “profiling” on a group of teachers, pointing out that public school instructors are government employees.

“It is idiotic if a government employee is undermining the government that hired them and the government will not do anything, even though it has already been brought up to (its) attention,” Detoyato said.

He added the government should not just sit down and let these groups carry out their unscrupulous acts.

“It is idiotic if the government will just let this happen and not take any action to protect its citizens from idiots masquerading as championing for the government employees while secretly supporting a group who is attempting to bring down the government that employs its member teachers,” he noted.#