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    ‘No coup plot vs Philippine president’

    THE Philippine government on Wednesday brushed aside reports of a new coup plot allegedly hatched by some retired generals, saying the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has already implemented reforms to strengthen the country’s armed forces.
    “We just want to affirm and to assure the public that there [is] no restiveness in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told Malacanang Palace reporters.
    Lacierda stressed that the involvement of rank-and-file or men and women in active service is an important component for any coup attempt to be successful.
    “(But) there are no reports of restiveness amongst the rank-and-file of the AFP...The reason for the lack of interest is, I think, primarily the reforms that the Aquino administration has already implemented with respect to the armed forces,” Lacierda said.
    He added: “We have provided mission essential equipment to the people on the ground. We have provided housing units. We have modernized the AFP. These are the measures that we have implemented in order to strengthen our AFP. And the rank-and-file realize and do recognize and appreciate the efforts of the Aquino administration in this respect.”
    Lacierda said the soldiers have recognized the government’s commitment to providing the basic tools to defend the country.
    Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier warned of possible coup plot against the government being hatched by some retired generals with alleged links to former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
    “And (AFP information chief) Lieutenant Colonel Demy Zagala has come out immediately and to assure the public that there is no such restiveness in the armed forces—in the men and women of the active service,” Lacierda said.
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