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Puro pasyal kasi! Garbin says excursion-happy defense execs to blame for intel failure

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AKO-Bicol Party-List Rep. Alfredo Garbin knows why Philippine defense officials were blindsided by Maute terrorists: They were all distracted by beautiful Russia.

This was pointed out by Garbin during a Minority Bloc press conference Wednesday (May 24) at the House of Representatives (HOR).

“I think all of the heads of the secretary of National Defense, Philippine National Police, ISAFP, nandun ata lahat sa Russia. So there’s a failure of intelligence, hindi nila alam na may mangyayari sa Mindanao,” said the Bicol politiko.

Armed members of the Maute Group attempted to take over several establishments in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur Tuesday afternoon, right smack in the middle of Duterte’s state visit to Putin-land.

Duterte declared Martial Law over Mindanao that evening and cut his Russia visit short.

“When the President called upon the Armed Forces of the Philippines to suppress and prevent lawless violence or this rebellion, yung mga subordinates na lang sa baba ang tinawagan niya kasi lahat nasa Russia,” Garbin noted.

Reports said Duterte’s entourage to Russia numbered over a hundred.