From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 20): Soldiers' morale too high, officials say
Saying the Aquino administration has brought high morale among soldiers,
defense and military officials said they will listen the chief executive's
State of the Nation Address on Monday without asking for anything.
Brig. Gen. Hernando Iriberri, newly installed commander of the 7th Infantry
Division, said President Benigno Aquino III has surpassed in three years what
his predecessors have accomplished in the modernization of the armed forces.
“We have instituted a lot of changes and more are coming. We have the new
military trucks, helicopters being used in rescue operations, the forthcoming
delivery of 44,000 news arms, including M-4 and force protection like vests and
helmets,” Iriberri said.
The M-4, he said, is the latest and smaller version of the M-16 Armalite
rifles currently used by soldiers.
“We cannot ask for anything, we will just listen,” he said.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who attended the change of command
ceremonies here, Friday said he expects the chief executive to tell tale on
gains in security operations as well as his plans to accomplish to the end of
But government security agents, he said, have that high morale to ask more
The President, he said, may also detail in his SONA equipment that will
further uplift the soldiers’ plight.