- A soldier was relieved from his post after verbally abusing bus passengers at a checkpoint in Lanao del Sur
- The soldier cursed at the passengers, spewing words related to death
- The soldier is now detained at the AFP barracks in Mindanao
A soldier deployed in Marawi City was relieved from his post after he verbally abused bus passengers at a checkpoint in Marantao, Lanao del Sur last week.
According to the Inquirer, Corporal Mario Lorigas of the Philippine Army cursed at the passengers, spewing words related to death. Lorigas, who is facing administrative charges, is now detained at the barracks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Mindanao.
Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP public affairs office chief, on Tuesday, August 15, said the AFP will not tolerate any abuses by the soldiers, but added that troops are possibly experiencing “combat stress” due to the ongoing war in Marawi City.
Arevalo said this is the first case of abuse committed by a soldier since the declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23.
“This is a very isolated incident,” he said; dismissing any ideas that it may signal the beginning of more military abuses.