Army troops told to remain apolitical

By Priam Nepomuceno

February 13, 2019, 12:33 pm

MANILA -- Philippine Army (PA) commander, Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto urged all troops to remain apolitical during the coming mid-term elections.

He made this appeal during his visit to the 5th Infantry Division headquarters at Camp Melchor dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela on Monday.

"In his meeting with the troops, CGPA (Commanding General of the Philippine Army) stressed to remain apolitical in view of the coming 2019 mid-term election and urged everyone to strengthen their commitment in support of the conduct of an honest, orderly and peaceful political exercise," Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said in a statement forwarded late Tuesday.

"He also emphasized some guidelines such as, to sustain the conduct of adaptive and pro-active trainings to ensure readiness in complex emergencies, proper maintenance and inventory of issued firearms and ammunitions and strengthening of (the) Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit as a force multiplier," he added.

During the visit, Alberto also inspected several 5th Infantry Division developmental projects, such as the 18-hole golf course, 22-bay firing ranges, multi-purpose building and other minor projects.

The PA chief was also tendered a window tour to the proposed site of CGPA quarters at the camp. (PNA)