AFP allocates 5% of applicant quota to Muslim Filipinos

By on April 15, 2017


Showing that it does not tolerate divisiveness and discrimination, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday announced that it is allocating 5 percent of its applicant quota for Muslim Filipinos who want to join the military. (Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines/Facebook)
Showing that it does not tolerate divisiveness and discrimination, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday announced that it is allocating 5 percent of its applicant quota for Muslim Filipinos who want to join the military. (Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines/Facebook)

MANILA—Showing that it does not tolerate divisiveness and discrimination, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday announced that it is allocating 5 percent of its applicant quota for Muslim Filipinos who want to join the military.

“The AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Eduardo Año, ordered the allocation of a maximum of 5 percent of the total number of aspirants in the AFP, either as officers, cadets, or enlisted personnel for our Muslim brothers and sisters,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.

At present, all recruitment quotas in the AFP have a 10 percent allocation for female soldiers and 5 percent for Indigenous People (IP), reinstatement, and special enlistment.

In the Philippine Army alone, this year’s quota is 3,600 for regular enlistment, 360 of which are dedicated to female applicants and 180 for either the IP, reinstatement, or special enlistment.

If the new allocation is not implemented, another 180 will be dedicated to Muslim applicants, Arevalo stressed.

The Philippine Air Force on the other hand has a quota of 600 for enlisted personnel and 80 for military officers, while the Philippine Navy has 1,660 for enlisted personnel and 140 for officers.

“With the specific number of recruits to be sourced from among Muslim applicants, we hope to be able to organize a battalion of Muslim soldiers. And in the long run, a brigade or division composed of Muslims. They will be appropriately deployed to areas where Islam is the predominant religion,” Arevalo said.

“The Muslim soldiers will comprise the units best deployable to Muslim communities because of their being abreast of the culture and knowledge of the sensitivities of the Islam religion.”

“Most of our Muslim brothers and sisters perceive the deployment of almost 100 percent Christian soldiers in their communities as invading or occupational forces. We hope to avoid this through the deployment of pure Muslim units in their communities,” Arevalo said.

  • Whoever proposed this “military idea” appears to be ideologically illiterate about Islam. Muslims swear their allegiance to their Imam and the Ummah Islam or “conceptual nation of Islam”. Their citizenship is called “brotherhood”. They are afforded to lie and deceive the infidels in the furtherance of Islam. The ultimate goal of Islam is to replace secular and other forms of government with “sharia” law with no matter how long it takes to reach their goal. The followers of Islam must pray 5 times a day which leads to brainwashing with no time for individual thought. Those who fail in their “prayers” or question the Islamic ideology can face death. The “silent majority” in Islam are terrified to confront their extremists subject to death.

    The Filipino government has traced the terrorists arms directly to the Filipino military arsenal and Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. The major question is are these “security breaches” of military hardware due directly to Muslims already infiltrated into the Philippine armed forces? The next question is just exactly who would an Islamic contingency of the Filipino armed forces follow? The Philippine government or their local Imams? This perception that somehow an Islamic-Filipino armed force can reduce tensions is absurd and in fact cause far more reaching problems. It is my natural conclusion for the government to rethink this proposal.

    • Pogi Mon

      Clearly you are clueless or just outright harbor hatered toward others. This is no different than most who seem to think Christian are some how saints. It would be wise to read Filipino history, cause last I checked the Christian option was to convert of die.

      Only the ignorant would come close to beliving half of what you have to say. Last I checked the US is not doing to good with its Hater In Thief. Clearly, your Rump in Chief doing the thinking for you.

  • sherlyn

    They don’t tolerate discrimination? So are they going to accept LGBTs now?