Saturday, July 20, 2013

Soldiers' morale too high, officials say

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 his term.

But government security agents, he said, have that high morale to ask more for themselves.

The President, he said, may also detail in his SONA equipment that will further uplift the soldiers’ plight.

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