From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 5): PA condemns effort to block its 'no maltreatment policy'
The Philippine Army (PA) on Monday has strongly condemned certain
individuals contesting its "no maltreatment policy" in its training
schools and centers.
"Reform policies designed to eliminate maltreatment and improve the
relationship between new and senior trainees are being viewed by some as
unfavorable to the development of soldier candidates. As such, negative
comments had been circulating recently on how the PA is putting into action its
reform agenda," Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes said.
He added that the PA leadership believes that this smear campaign is the
handiwork of some persons who do not want to leave their positions and those
that were affected by the PA's new reform policies on handling officer
Coballes stressed that these reforms are intended to ensure that the Army
Transformation Roadmap (ATR) shall be anchored on a solid foundation –
disciplined and motivated soldiers.
"In fact, all efforts are geared towards achieving the ATR objectives.
One of the measures carried out to achieve this end is to institutionalize
reforms in training schools, and review and improve existing training doctrines
and programs," the PA chief emphasized.
All Army training schools had been directed to adopt the no maltreatment
policy, he added.
"The PA believes that it cannot instill military discipline or
encourage competence among trainees if they were subjected to physical abuse.
The philosophy of employing physical violence among trainees should be struck
down, because the practice only breed abusers and rights violators, instead of
producing soldiers of character and competence," Coballes stated.
"We are saddened that there are still those who believe that discipline
can be instilled through violence. It is the intent of the Army leadership to
change this kind of principle, though, it would be better for the whole
organization that these officers/soldiers be removed from the service," he
The PA chief stated that the Army leadership is serious in implementing
He added that it is only proper to sanction any officer or member of the
Army organization who is guilty of any infraction or who cannot give their 100
percent support to the no maltreatment policy or any other policy for that