Marcos vows to fend off destabilization plots

By Darryl John Esguerra

May 16, 2024, 4:49 pm

<p>President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. <em>(Presidential Photojournalists File Photo)</em></p>

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (Presidential Photojournalists File Photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday vowed to quash destabilization plots even as he called on the military to continue its loyalty and service to the country.

Speaking before the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City, Marcos said he would not allow attempts to sow division in the country.

“We will also not allow agents within the country to destabilize our government and create division within our nation,” Marcos said, as quoted in a Presidential Communications Office (PCO) news release.

“So, I urge all of you to continue to [demonstrate] your loyalty, patriotism, and service to your country. And let that love of country remain as your compass in your duty to our country and to our people,” he added.

Earlier, former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who is also a former soldier, claimed that high-ranking police officials were recruiting personnel to join the ouster plot against the Marcos administration.

The Commander-in-Chief said that he has not received any reports of a destabilization plot involving active police officials against his administration, noting the police are not engaged in politicking.

Marcos, however, did not rule out the possibility that retired officials could be hatching a destabilization plot.

Likewise, Marcos appealed to the Army troops to keep the momentum of their operations until the areas were completely cleared of terrorist influence.

He also emphasized the need for them to adapt to the changing times and learn how to combat new threats to the nation’s security, particularly in the digital realm.

“I call on you to develop the skills and acquire [knowledge] to combat new forms of warfare, including those that extend up to the digital realm,” Marcos said.

“We must be prepared to fight false narratives, disinformation, and digital operations that seek to sow conflict [against us] and among us,” he added.

The President warned that the country’s enemies may be hiding in the shadows, or infiltrating the very communities and institutions that the government seeks to protect.

He said the government would be ready to fight back and implement countermeasures to thwart any nefarious schemes and attempts.

Dev't projects vs. insurgency

In the same speech, the President reported that the government has so far invested PHP5.3 billion in 758 projects across 356 barangays, as part of the campaign against against communist insurgency.

These projects include infrastructure, farm-to-market roads, water systems, schools, and health centers, of which over 78 percent are now considered completed.

Marcos, likewise, acknowledged the efforts of the troops in ensuring peace in Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region.

“Because of your efforts, those who we consider our adversaries before are now (helping to) build their communities instead of destroying those communities,” Marcos said.

“It will ensure peace in formerly conflict-affected areas and prevent communities from falling back into the trap of armed conflict,” he added. (PNA)