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Yano: Threat from Adaza et al ‘not a military concern’

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:07:00 07/06/2008

MANILA, Philippines–Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Alexander Yano maintained Sunday that the threat posed by the group of lawyer Homobono Adaza was “not a military concern.”

Yano also said that the military and the police did not contradict each other on the alleged Adaza caper.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Avelino Razon said the arrests of Adaza and four retired and inactive military and police officers uncovered a fresh plot to unseat President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

But Yano, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., and the military top brass said they have not monitored any brewing power grab attempt.

“There may be some proof for some people to be charged, but that doesn’t mean that it is a military concern,” Yano told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo on Sunday.

Adaza, Army Lieutenant Colonel Oscarlito Mapalo, retired Colonels Cesar dela Peña and Ernie Amboy, and police Superintendent Rafael Cardeño were charged with proposal to commit coup d’etat and several other charges before the Quezon City regional trial court last Friday.

“Anybody can plot a coup. You and I can even plot a coup, but will you be successful? You can have the intention but intention should be coupled with capability,” Yano said.

“Legally, they [Adaza caper] may be considered a coup, but we do not consider it as a military threat. I don’t think there is a contradiction,” he added.

The charges against Adaza’s group was based on an allegation by lawyer Raymund Fortun that the group pitched a coup d’etat worth $4 million to his Japanese businessman client, so that the latter could get rid of his Filipino partners.

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