The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is determined to safeguard the May 2016 national and local elections.
“We are determined to win the peace and protect the gains. Dedicate our energies and efforts to ensure a peaceful electoral exercise and we must sustain the momentum of transformation and innovation," AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri said.
"Our record is solid, our hopes are high and our force is strong. Let peace be our battle cry, let peace be our reward," he added.
In the same vein, the AFP chief also reminded all officers and enlisted personnel to remain apolitical in the coming electoral exercises, adding that their role is to secure the country against threats, not interject opinions about the elections.
Iriberri's message is in line with Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin's request to all active-duty officers and enlisted personnel to remain neutral in the coming polls.
"2016 will bring forth new challenges, and we will continue to meet these challenges. As guardians of democracy, we must remain apolitical and dedicated to our mandate, as it is the price we pay for our sworn duty," he said.