Military top brass yesterday issued a strong call for a government of "good people" in accordance with the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's exhortation, while the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School Alumni Foundation stripped former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of an award due to his alleged disrespect for the monarchy.
Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri led Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong, Navy Commander Admiral Luechai Ruddit, Air Force chief ACM Chaiyapruk Didyasarin and National Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda in making the decision even as the tug of war to form the government continues between the pro- and the anti-junta camps.
The Armed Forces have nothing to do with the formation of a new government after the March 24 election and the matter was up to the political parties, Pornpipat said. "No matter which parties win the race to form the government, the Armed Forces have to serve in accordance with the policy and direction set by that government," he said. "Our duty is to protect national sovereignty and maintain peace and stability."
"However, our major concern is how to bring good people to govern the country in accordance with King Rama IX's supreme philosophy," Pornpipat said, without elaborating on who might be "good people".