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Duterte vows to crush corruption amid coup rumors

THE PHILIPPINE MILITARY was reported getting restive over corruption problems within the government and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said top military officials may have warned President Rodrigo Duterte about a possible coup.
Panelo said Duterte believes the military could stage a coup if widespread corruption is unsolved. “I think it’s a fair warning to all na baka pag nagalit iyan, biglang mag-coup iyang mga iyan,” he said, adding, the military was very much aware of corruption within the government and may now be reacting to it.
“Ang premise noon under the Constitution, the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) is the protector of the people. So kung ang military alam nila na maraming kalokohan, maraming korapsyon,” Panelo said. “Gaya nga ng sinasabi ni Presidente, iyong sa Manila Water, iyong mga kontrata, masyadong onerous. Alam na ng military iyon, so nagre-react sila doon, bakit ganyan.”
And this has prompted Duterte to urge Congress to amend the Constitution to crush corruption. “If you want to change the Constitution, do it now (habang) nandiyan pa ako. And I can tell the military, ‘No, no, no. You better ano…’ Kasi ang military mainit na. And I have told you all the corruption sa gobyerno, ang pinakamalaki nandiyan sa itaas,” Duterte said during one of his recent talks.
Panelo said Duterte’s call to lawmakers to amend the Constitution is considered part of his solutions to curb corruption. “Could be, dahil otherwise hindi sila nagsasalita ng ganoon eh. Meron siguro siyang info, very reliable,” he said.
“Sabi niya, ‘you better amend the Constitution habang nandito pa ako.’ Habang napapakiusapan ko pa iyong Armed Forces na i-respeto ninyo,” Panelo said. “You must remember that the history has shown us that when the Armed Forces of the Philippines rise and supported by the people, eh nababago, nagkakaroon ng leadership change.” (Azer Parrocha. With a report from Mindanao Examiner)
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