Duterte to security forces: ‘Be neutral in 2019 Elections’

Armed Forces of the Philippines Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told the nation’s security forces to be unbiased and remain non-partisan during the election season.

In a speech during the Philippine Army’s change of command rites on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City, President Duterte commanded soldiers and police to make a commitment to the Filipino people: “Make this election, strictly neutral.”

“The Armed Forces, the police, and the uniformed personnel of government, I am asking you not to indulge in partisan politics. We will not support anybody. I’m the only one who will support my candidates because this is a political position. But I expect everybody to respect that constitutional prohibition,” President Duterte said.

President Duterte also ensured that next year’s election would be honest and nobody in his administration, not even his close allies, could use the government’s resources.

In photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the Change of Command Ceremony between outgoing Philippine Army Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista and newly-installed Philippine Army Commander Major General Macairog Alberto at the Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on October 15, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO