MANILA - Another retired officer from the Arroyo administration denies the existence of a destabilization plot brewing among the retired officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Retired Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez, the Navy flag officer in command from August 2008 to May 2010, said an officer's clout in the Armed Forces diminishes significantly the moment he retires.
Golez said he does not discount the fact that some retired officers retain the respect of and influence over those who used to serve under them. However, he said retired officers alone will not be able to start a coup d'etat.
Being senior citizens, Golez said these activities are already far from their minds.
Senator Antonio Trillanes earlier disclosed that retired generals from the previous administration have been cooking up a destabilization plot.
Golez denied hearing about the plot within his circle. He also said he does not believe former President Arroyo, with her health problems, would think of destabilization moves against President Aquino.
Golez is now a military consultant to Vice-President Jejomar Binay. He said should a destabilization plot be in the offing, he believes it will not come from Binay who has been a friend of the Aquino family for decades.