Military trucks spotted on EDSA; AFP allays destab fears

By Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2014 01:30 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2014 07:30 AM

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday allayed fears of a destabilization plot against the government after about five military trucks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) were spotted along EDSA.

The military trucks have been seen travelling along EDSA since yesterday, but the AFP clarified that the activities have nothing to do with the destabilization rumors.

Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, Philippine Army spokesperson, said the vehicles are on a logistics run, with the movement cleared by the Army leadership.

Armored personnel carriers had to escort trucks, which were carrying unserviceable firearms, due to the sensitivity of the cargo, Detoyato said.

AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said the trucks contain unserviceable M35 engines and 105 mm cartridges, which were set to be transported from the Southern Luzon Command to Fort Bonifacio and Camp Aguinaldo.

The sightings of the military vehicles alarmed some motorists along EDSA, especially after Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed that some retired generals are plotting to destabilize the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

In an earlier interview, Zagala said there are no monitored questionable activities among active members of the AFP.

The military spokesman said upon entry into active service, soldiers agree to shed civilian liberties such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. This bars them from expressing their opinions about issues.

Zagala, however, said retired members of the Armed Forces are no longer bound by these limitations.