The Philippine Navy has relieved and investigated one of its officers for allegedly issuing a life-threatening social media post against a Kabataan Partylist (PL) executive official.
Raoul Manuel, Kabataan PL’s national president and first nominee, said in a March 19 Twitter post that he received a death threat from a netizen who turned out to be connected to the military.
The officer, who goes by the handle “DC Sliv,” posted on Facebook about Manuel’s statement about the results of an autopsy on the remains of Chad Booc, a volunteer teacher for Lumad schools.
“Susunod ka na (You’re next), Raoul. Bye in advance,” the caption read.
Furthermore, commander Benjo Negranza, PN spokesperson, said in a statement sent to the Manila Bulletin on Monday, March 21: “The Philippine Navy was made aware of an unfortunate incident wherein a Navy officer is allegedly linked with a death threat directed to a president of a certain party list. This matter is currently being investigated by appropriate authorities, and the said officer has been relieved for a thorough investigation.”
“As an organization that seeks to protect the Filipino people, the Philippine Navy does not condone or tolerate irresponsible behaviors such as this. We take this incident seriously.”
Meanwhile, manuel called on the PMA administration and the Philippine Navy to respond to the incident.
“Whatever happens to me will be implicated on PMA, AFP and related state institutions that promote fascist mindset,” Manuel said.
“Nakakabahala lalo kung paano ang mga pamantasan na pinapatakbo ng militar tulad ng Philippine Military Academy ay naghuhubog ng mga utak-pulbura at mamamatay-tao sa sarili nilang hanay,” Kabataan party-list said in a statement on Sunday.
(It is also concerning that the institutions run by the military, such as the Philippine Military Academy, shape their people to become war freaks and murderers.)