AFP Chief of Staff Visaya

Outgoing Armed Forces Chief Denies Connivance with Marcos

MANILA – Outgoing AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya has denied secretly allow with the Marcos family in the unannounced interment of the late dictator Pres. Ferdinand Marcos last November 18.

General Visaya said he would be ready to go jail once proven that the military allowed the family of the late president in burying the remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

He said the AFP merely complied with the Supreme Court order and the Marcos’ clan’s request to keep the internment confidential.

He made a comment after militant, and anti-Marcos groups filed a contempt petition in the High Court against him.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP deputy chief-of-staff for reservists and retirees, the Philippine Army’s Grave Services Unit, the Marcos family including Imelda Marcos, Imee, Bongbong, and Irene, for proceeding with the late president’s interment even when the 15-day period to file a motion for reconsideration has not yet lapsed.

Visaya, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, is scheduled to retire on Dec. 7 2016.