For his alleged ‘lackadaisical attitude” in doing his job, the military’s top intelligence man has reportedly been summarily dismissed from his post.
Cashiered was Maj. Gen. Alex Luna, deputy chief of staff for intelligence (J2), who is described as one of the most powerful officials in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Luna’s relief came in the aftermath of the AFP’s posting on social media a list of University of the Philippines students who were tagged as communist rebels supposedly killed/captured in counter-insurgency operations.
The list – which appeared in the AFP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts – turned out to be erroneous, prompting an apology from Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, deputy chief of staff for civil military operations (J7).
Arevalo said several others are being questioned about the posting of the erroneous NPA list, and assured that heads will roll if they are proved liable.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who reportedly lowered the boom on Luna, said the AFP post (which has already been deleted) was an “unpardonable gaffe” as it caused a lot of confusion and anxiety and damage to reputation on the part of aggrieved parties.
“We don’t take this lightly, and I want to hold the people involved accountable,” he was quoted in media as saying.
Lorenzana’s quick response to the brouhaha instantly gained him thousands of admirers on social media.
“This is the only time in recent memory that such a top-ranked military officer has been censured this way, because it would normally be done under the sheets,” according to one netizen.