Standing in front of his troops, the commander of the Army, Javier Pérez, spoke of the soldiers captured by the mafias and who are now being prosecuted for crimes, such as drug trafficking or arms trafficking to the dissidents of the FARC.
“I just want to remind you that honesty depends on each one and that before seeking material pleasures or easy money it is better to direct actions to do good at every opportunity that comes our way,” said the military chief in his speech offered at the change of command in the First Division Shyris, in Quito.
Then he sent a message to the legally processed uniformed men: “Do not try to drag the institution into this misconduct (…) I urge you army soldiers to continue working without losing sight of the fact that the military profession is incompatible with profit. Our orientation, by nature, is service. “
Shortly before, General Luis Burbano also spoke, who left the First Division to assume the Intelligence Directorate of the Joint Command. The officer asked the staff to “not get carried away by the easy way”, to “not deviate from their north, to continue being honorable, honest, dignified and proud soldiers of being members of the Armed Forces.”
Later, the Ministry of Defense also talked about drug trafficking, terrorism and irregular border groups. To curb these threats, Minister Oswaldo Jarrín presented the White Paper containing the National Defense Policy. A copy of the White Paper was delivered to the Vice President of the Republic Otto Sonnenholzner.
The second president said that Ecuador needs a “clear instrument” that drives the actions of the Armed Forces. ” Sonnenholzner supported the reinstitutionalization and said that “any attempt at ideologization or politicization (of the institution) must find resistance and rejection.” Decree 633 made possible the updating of the Policy, whose last edition was prepared in 2006. (I)