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PIA Press Release
2007/04/29

No need to be paranoid over troop deployments - Palace

Manila (29 April) -- There is no need to be paranoid about the presence of military troops in Metro Manila.

Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio R. Bunye assured this today, stressing that the troop deployments are just part of precautions being undertaken to ensure safety and order particularly in the light of recent poll-related violence.

"It is unfortunate that our armed forces are always being cast in a negative light," he said in a statement. "Our troops include our country' s most hardworking and committed men and women."

Bunye made the assurance in the wake of allegations that Malacanang is expecting political turmoil after the elections.

The increased deployment of troops, according to Sen. Rodolfo Biazon in news reports "is just a preparation for a worst case scenario."

Bunye said that instead of causing undue alarm, critics should instead praise the men and women in uniform who only perform their duties "often at a great personal sacrifice."

"Their deployment in certain areas, rather than being cause for alarm, should be seen as a reassuring part of peacekeeping," he said.

Armed Forces Chief Of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, meanwhile assured that the troop deployments in Metro Manila would be subject to his review and further assessment.

He thanked those who are with the government in its advocacy for educated voters.

"However, we shall give priority to Comelec-ordered deployments especially where there is serious armed threat or violence due to intense political rivalry," Esperon said. (OPS) [top]

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