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Statement of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. on allegations of corruption in the Military


The Aquino Administration is fully aware of the situation in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in connection with allegations of corruption involving former ranking military officials.

All these allegations will be looked into and investigated. Those who broke the law will be held accountable. This administration will not allow the misdeeds of a few former military officials involved in this large-scale corruption to dishonor the thousands of men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to defend and protect the country. We will not let their sacrifices go in vain.

Since last year, this administration and the AFP have taken steps to reform the system. Mechanisms have been put in place to protect the AFP's coffers from abuse and to make sure that transactions are transparent and honest, that supplies and equipment intended for our soldiers reach them. But this I ask from our troops: be vigilant and report the misuse of funds by your superiors.

I salute Col. George Rabusa, Col. Antonio Lim, and former State Auditor Heidi Mendoza for stepping forward to shed light on allegations of corruption in the military. Let it be known that this government will marshal its resources to ensure their safety so they can continue to aid us in finding the truth.

To our troops and the Filipino people, rest assured that this administration will do everything to protect the military institution. We recognize the courage and valuable contribution of our soldiers, who live and die in the name of freedom and democracy.

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