“I have exhaustively reviewed the case involving Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo and Maj. Gen. Alex Luna. From the reports submitted to me, I believe that both men were NOT directly responsible for the lapse over the publication of the unverified and unofficial list of UP students who have been linked with left-leaning groups. I am not completely clearing them of liability, in fact they were punished under the principle of command responsibility. Their track records would show that they have always performed their duties conscientiously and competently.
Having said this, I have requested that the AFP reinstate Maj. Gen. Arevalo and Maj. Gen. Luna to their previous commands, but with the stern warning that similar incidents cannot and should not happen again in the future. Naniniwala ako sa second chances, lalo na kung nadamay lamang naman sila sa pagkukulang at pagkakamali ng iba. Bigyan natin sila ng panibagong pagkakataon na patunayan ang kanilang katapatan sa kanilang tungkulin.”