Army chief pledges to be nonpartisan in 2022 elections

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In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines on Saturday, November 6, 2021, Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Andres C. Centino vowed that the Army will remain non-partisan in the coming elections.

“We have always been a professional organization and we abide by that. And I suppose in the coming elections, we will again be called together with the Philippine National Police as part of the main organization tapped by the COMELEC,” Lt. Gen. Centino said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last month advised troops to stay neutral and non-partisan, underlining that soldiers are not authorized to campaign for any candidate.

Soldiers are prohibited from participating in any partisan political action under the Omnibus Election Code.

“The national and local elections are drawing near. While we continue to conduct security operations, we must ensure that all personnel will exercise the right of suffrage. All are required to register for the upcoming elections,” the CGPA said in his earlier command guidance.

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