Kudos to the AFP on its 77th year

THE more than 120,000 strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) celebrated its 77th year Friday, December 21, 2012.

In addition to its primordial task of fighting the enemies of the state, the AFP has expanded its role by taking the lead in building and transforming relationships with the LGUs, NGOs civil society organizations, and the people to address the root causes of the country’s internal security problems, exploring every avenue to bring peace and a sense of security in conflict- and disaster-stricken areas in the country.

The AFP is also actively participating in global peacekeeping efforts.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is a learning organization that adapts to the call of the times.  While it is winning the war against insurgents as evidenced by the forging of peace agreements with the MNLF, MILF, RPP/ABB, and other insurgent groups, it has launched the peaceful campaign Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)-Bayanihan that provides the necessary capacity building interventions to its personnel in the field.

I do not wish this year to end without expres-sing my gratitude to the countless men in uniform who are giving their all to realize the mission and vision of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

I would like to thank in particular those with whom I have enjoyed personal friendships with: Ret. Maj. Gen. Carlos Luces; Ret. Brig. Gen. Ramona Go; Defense Attache Maj. Gen. Cesar Yano; Col. Joey Reyes; Ltcs. Jose Benavidez, Virgilio Noora, Leomar Doctolero, John Divinagracia, Pio Gomez, Vincent Incognito, Luisito Perez, and – soon to be – Ltc. Fernando Abubo; Majors Joey Fontiveros, Ferdinand dela Cruz, Allan Malaran of ASR; Cpt. Joy Villanueva, 101 MICO; and MSgt. Joy Fania, OTAG. Special thanks to Colonel Bombaez, Chief of Staff, TRADOC, for immediately addressing our concerns.

Mabuhay ang ating buong AFP!

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