The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not the only “protector of the people,” the consultative committee (Con-com) spokesman said on Wednesday.
Con-com spokesperson Ding Generoso clarified that government and not the armed forces is the protector of the people.
“The role of the government is a protector, so we rephrased it. Your mayor is your protector. Your barangay kapitan is your protector. That is the function of the whole government,” he said in a TV interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
“This phrase, ‘The Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people,’ is being interpreted by some quarters as some kind of a right for the armed forces to assert power, invoking the protector clause,” he explained.
“Even the makers of the ‘87 constitution would agree that this phrase is subject to a lot of interpretations,” he added.