Some officers and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police call to oust President Rodrigo Duterte for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people.
They made a compact and formed the Patriotic and Democratic Movement (PADEM) to condemn and hold Duterte accountable for gross crimes in present administration.
According to PADEM spokesperson Antonio Bonifacio in its statement, they pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.
PADEM encourages fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.
PADEM mentioned the following crimes of Duterte and his administration:
1.Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers;
2.Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects;
3.Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords (including Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte) and protectors (at the level of governors and generals);
4.Emboldening /Inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction;
5.Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates;
6.Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philipine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on he Law of the Sea;
7.Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscrinately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar;
8.Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China;
9.Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and
10.Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.
We call on the Filipino people to unite with us in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration for all the above.
PADEM urges all Filipinos to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. (BaretangBikolnon.com)