On Peace and Politics

On Peace and Politics

Defending the nation against terrorism and other types of threats, whether of a civilian or military character, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), in their capacity as the defenders of the people, play a crucial part in preserving the country’s peace and harmony. 

Despite the ongoing series of controversies surrounding the military, particularly those relating to graft and corruption, and the ongoing schism in the AFP hierarchy, which has sparked public apprehension about possible coup attempts, such a role could not be denied, demonstrating its indispensability and importance to the country. 

Regrettably, many of our soldiers are becoming dissatisfied because their enormous efforts seem to have gone unrecognized, if not wholly unnoticed. Even though legislative measures are being taken to guarantee that many of these initiatives are still in the works, those previously passed have not yet been implemented.

However, this should not be used as an excuse to refrain from pressing for more changes in the AFP. It is imperative that many actions can still be done. To help our AFP troops live better, this policy gives an automatic salary rise for any member of the Armed Forces who is deployed away from their regular station or, in the case of a member of the AFP’s reserve component, who is deployed away from their permanent station. 

Once a member’s deployment starts in the Armed Forces, the member’s house of record, the member’s duration of continuous service surpasses 180 days. This is especially true today that troops are being stationed all around the globe.

Given the ongoing danger of terrorism, this policy is favorable since it monetizes these troops. Although purely financial in nature, these soldiers’ compensation should be seen as a communal appreciation of their commitment to the mission of peacekeeping. It is thus urgently desired that the law be passed as soon as possible.

Civilian control and civilian superiority over military authority characterized the relationship between the civilian government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) until September 1972, when martial law was imposed in the nation. (AFP). 

As a result of the strategy employed against the agrarian-based Huk insurgency from the late 1940s to the early 1950s, the military’s role in society gradually expanded beyond the traditional triad of external defense, internal security, and peace and order to include socio-economic functions as well. 

In contrast, the constitutional and institutional framework, which included civilian oversight of the military and an extensive body of civil-political rights that ensured democratic governance and regular elections, continued to define civil-military relations and the military’s place in the Philippines’ politics. This was altered as a result of the imposition of Martial Law. 

Marcos’ political opponents’ private property was sequestered under the pretext of outstanding loans from government-owned financial institutions, and the military became a partner in martial law and authoritarian rule.

Political parties were outlawed, newspapers and other media outlets were tightly controlled, and the army partnered with martial law and authoritarian rule. This alliance lasted around fourteen years and left civil-military ties in a state of turmoil as a result. The AFP members developed an “interventionist” inclination, which was detrimental to democratic principles.

Karminia Gabrielle Reyes

Karminia Gabrielle Reyes


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