Manila Standard : Retired junior police officers, soldiers rally behind BBM

6 April 2022

By Rey E. Requejo | Manila Standard

Convinced that presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos is the best man to lead the country towards progress in the next six years, some 500 retired junior police officials and soldiers on Wednesday issued a manifesto expressing their support to his candidacy.

The support came barely a few weeks after more than 100 former chiefs of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and chiefs of the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as retired generals, also announced their support for Marcos.

“We are retired soldiers, police and Navy who have sacrificed our talents and if necessary our lives as sergeant majors, police executive senior police officers, master CPO of the Coast Guard and senior non-commissioned officers, towards peace, safety and development of our country the Philippines wholeheartedly, support the candidacy of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who is running for president in the May 9, 2022 elections,” the manifesto stated.

The document was submitted to the office ofthe Federal Party of the Philippines.

Most of the signatories have the ranks of corporal, sergeant, master sergeant and lieutenant.

The group expressed belief that Marcos’s call for national unity and reconciliatory leadership is the best way to lead the country to development and progress.

“We strongly believe that Bongbong Marcos (BBM) is the President every Filipino needs,” they said.

It will be recalled that nearly 100 retired generals from the AFP and PNP also gave their support to Marcos.

This support was formally signed by former generals at an event in Marikina, two weeks ago.

The retired officials said one of the reasons they expressed support for Marcos was the reported alliance of his rival Leni Robredo with New People’s Army (NPA).

Recall that Medal of Valor awardee retired Colonel Ariel Querubin on Tuesday openly condemned Robredo’s support for the terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines -New People’s Army (CPP -NPA).

In an open letter, Querubin revealed that he was briefed by PNP officials and representatives of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communists Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and former NPA rebels who confirmed about Robredo’s links to the terrorist group.

“As a soldier and a Medal of Valor awardee who has fought the CPP/NPA, and a witness to soldiers who died in combat fighting the enemies of the state, I will not support a candidate who has alleged links with our enemies,” said Querubin.

Querubin’s letter was in response to a statement by the affiliated Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) which earlier backed Robredo.

As a result, Querubin resigned as a member of the group.