Why AFP is giving Villar a warning

>> Thursday, February 25, 2010

This is what happened: Villar, Legarda and other NP bets went to the Intelligence Service of the AFP compound to visit Col. Ariel Querubin, another NP senatorial bet and detained at the ISAFP detention facility. They rode in vehicles that had campaign posters, did a “unity walk” and with raised hands up while reporters took photos, obviously not for souvenir but for the purpose of publicity. The Armed Forces has a regulations banning any political activity in all its camps. Did Villar violate these regulations?

Brawner said the unity walk violates standing regulations of the Armed Forces, which bans any political activity in all its camps. He said that while Villar and his party were allowed to visit Querubin, the AFP warned the NP that campaigning is not allowed inside the camp.

“Our officers at ISAFP tried to prevent [the unity walk] because it could have constituted something more than just the permission that was given to them. What happened was - [Villar's group] had their pictures taken and [ISAFP officers] could not prevent them (media) from taking pictures,” said Brawner.
The military spokesman said AFP chief Gen. Victor Ibrado has issued a warning to the Villar camp against repeating the incident. He said military guards at Camp Aguinaldo were also reminded to deny entry to vehicles bearing campaign materials.
“’The CSAFP (chief of staff, AFP) instructed that the group of Sen. Villar be warned against repeating such actions when they visit Col Querubin in the future. Moreover, the military police has been reminded to strictly implement the policy that no vehicles with campaign stickers or posters will be allowed inside the camp,” he said.
Ito ba ay pagpapakita lamang na si Villar ay hindi naiiba sa mga naging pinuno ng ating bansa na ginagamit ang power masunod lang ang gusto kahit paglabag pa ito. This is a bad example and only shows how Villar will lead this country if ever he becomes the president.
Villar said: “Gagawin naming ang lahat para mabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na makapangampanya at masabi yung kanyang plataporma at adhikain sa bayan (We’ll do everything so that Querubin would be allowed to campaign and present to the people his platforms and advocacies)," he said.


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