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National ROTC Alumni Association rallies behind PGMA administration

Manila (17 March) -- The National ROTC Alumni Association (NARAA), whose membership makes up 70 percent of the officers corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), expressed its unqualified support of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In a manifesto, the NARAA said it was glad to join the "majority of the populace of the nation" who supports the President and her administration.

The President received NARAA's formal expression of support during the induction and oath-taking ceremony of the new set of national officers, board directors, chapter officers and ROTC advance course cadets and midshipmen held last night at the Malacanang Park, headquarters of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Encased in a giant glass frame, the NARAA manifesto stated that "the officers and members of the NARAA recognize the outstanding leadership and chain of command in the military hierarchy of the AFP and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the duly constituted authority."

"The Officers and Members of the NARAA desire to manifest and express our appreciation and unqualified support to the wisdom, leadership and the capability of the administration of Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo," the manifesto said.

The NARAA is headed by BGen. Jerry Jalandoni as president; Commodore Amado Sanglay (retired), national chairman; and Gen. William Hutchkiss as chair emeritus.

Pointing out that it "strongly believe(s) in the democratic process and the rule of law in the country," the NARAA warned that "the current political situation, wherein some groups deliberately want to destroy her (President Arroyo's) person and leadership… will only redound to socio, economic and political instability that will surely negate/stagnate our growing national economy."

"The people from all walks of life expressed their sentiments towards these present controversies and manifestly ignored calls for her resignation, and reject another People Power that will only divide our people, destroy the good image of the country, and affect the economic gains that the President has accomplished for the nation," the NARAA said.

A non-stock and non-profit organization composed of active, retired and reservist members of the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP), the NARAA stressed that since its formation in 1988, it "has always been committed to a strong and unified AFP to ensure the performance of its Constitutional mandate to defend the sovereignty of the Republic, as the protector of the people, and duly maintain the patrimony of the nation."

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and AFP Chief of Staff Hermogenes Esperon led the guests at the oath-taking ceremony. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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