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PIA Press Release
2006/10/27

Our soldiers can’t compromise security due to politics – Rep. Garcia

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (27 October) -- Davao City second district representative Vincent Garcia, Vice Chair of the House Committee on National Defense and Security stressed that soldiers are fully committed to their sworn oath to protect the people and the state.

“They cannot compromise national security due to politics,” he said after members from parliament of the streets issued a call to follow them in their continuous move to oust the President or campaign for a No to Charter Change.

Reportedly there are some sectors who are also trying to portray disunity in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It is unfair to portray our soldiers as defiant to their superiors as everyone of us have been trying to be on guard against terrorism, he stressed.

Congressman Garcia said the government is pushing for political and economic reforms. Reforms in the political system can only be made holistic through character change of the people.

Moral reform, he said is a key component to turn the engine of good governance which is a hallmark of doing the best service for the people.

“If we don’t give our best, we are losing the opportunity to truly be of service to our people who put us in what we are now”, he said.

To push for charter amendment, the impasse between the House of Representatives and the Senate has to be resolved.

Majority of those in the Lower House are in favor of changes in the Constitution through Constituent assembly while senators are for constitutional convention.

Public discussion on charter change would still be relevant so the public could fully understand these issues while the national lawmaking body take these up for deliberation. (PIA-XI) [top]

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