The Philippine Army has relieved seven politicians from posts they occupied in the Reserve Command on account of their seeking elective posts in the May 2022 elections.
Among those relieved was actor Robin Padilla, a reservist captain who headed the communications panel of the force’s Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board and is running for senator.
Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said also relieved were reservists Brig. Gen. Herbert Bautista, Col. Isidro Ungab, Lt. Col. John Tracy Cagas, Lt. Col. Eugene Balitang, Lt. Col. Jayvee Tyron Uy and Lt. Col. Rhodora Cadiao.
Bautista, also an actor before becoming a politician, was relieved as commander of the 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Brigade (RRIBde) in Metro Manila as he is also running for a seat in the Senate.
Ungab, who is running for congressman in Davao City’s third district, was relieved as commander of the RRIBde unit based in the city.
Cagas, Balitang, Uy and Cadiao were relieved as commanders of Ready Reserve Infantry Battalions in Davao del Sur, Davao de Oro, Ifugao and Antique.
Balitang and Cagas are running for congressman in Davao del Sur and Ifugao, respectively, while Uy and Cadiao are incumbent governors of Davao de Oro and Antique who are seeking re-election.