From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 4): AFP capable of defending PHL territory
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured is capable of defending the country's territory even without foreign help.
This was stressed by AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla in an interview Monday.
"The AFP has its own capabilities and based on the threats that we face, it is sufficient and we are now preparing for other possible threats," he said in Filipino.
However, despite its willingness to defend the country, Padilla is hopeful that the AFP will not be mobilized to fight foreign aggressors or intruders as the Philippines has friendly relations with all nations, especially its neighbors.
"The current status of our country is we are friends with all our neighbors, we abide by the constitutional policy of always prioritizing peace and that's exactly what we are doing, so within the scope of our capabilities we are able to protect our interest at the moment and that far I can go," he added.