MANILA, Philippines ? The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomed on Tuesday President Benigno Aquino III's granting of amnesty to soldiers who were tagged in various failed attempts to unseat the previous administration.
In a press briefing, Brigadier General Jose Mabanta, Jr., AFP spokesman, said that they respected the commander-in-chief's decision.
"We respect the decision coming from the Commander-in-Chief. We are certain that whatever its intent is basically geared towards lasting peace throughout the country," Mabanta told reporters, adding, "At this point, we can only say that military adventurism may be a thing of the past."
Mabanta said that there were no objections in Aquino's granting of amnesty to the alleged mutineers. He added that most of the detained soldiers served their time hence the AFP would "readily respect what has been ordered to use by the commander in chief."
He nevertheless said that the AFP was consulted regarding the granting of amnesty Mabanta did not give out details. He added that the military has not yet been informed if the amnesty covers charges both in military and civil courts.
Mabanta said that the military officers would not be released yet since the Congress has yet to concur with the decision of Aquino.