Monday, July 28, 2014

Military modernization to help in AFP efforts to protect people, sovereignty

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 28): Military modernization to help in AFP efforts to protect people, sovereignty
With President Benigno S. Aquino III expressing his continued support to the military's modernization, Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Monday said these efforts will make AFP more capable in its efforts in protecting the people and the country's sovereignty.

"The AFP is grateful for President Benigno S. Aquino III's unparalleled support for our modernization. Even before the AFP Modernization Program was enacted, his commitment to the upgrade of our assets, equipment, and personnel’s capability resulted in over P18-billion worth of projects being implemented," he added.

Zagala said the AFP expresses its gratitude for this support.

"We like to assure not only the President but the Filipino people that your Armed Forces will continue its mission and its mandate in protecting the people and our sovereignty," he pointed out.

"And we continue to believe that our Commander-in-Chief will lead the AFP to the right direction and will continue to give his unprecedented support to the AFP modernization," Zagala added.

And on the successful defense of Zamboanga City last September which the Chief Executive lauded the military, Zagala said that it is the AFP's mandate to defend the people from all threats.

"And the defense of Zamboanga City is a product of our collective desire to maintain the peace that our people rightfully deserve. We thank the President for his acknowledgement of our efforts to defend the City of Zamboanga and the freedom of its people from armed threats," he pointed out.

Zagala also added that the AFP will uphold its commitment to international peace and security.

"Our role as peacekeepers in various volatile areas in the world manifests our support to our country’s commitment to the United Nations," the AFP public affairs office chief concluded.

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