Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr lauds Air Force for upholding Philippine’s territorial integrity

2023 July 3

AIR FORCE ANNIVERSARY. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. is given arrival honors at Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac to witness the capability demonstration of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during its 76th founding anniversary on Monday (July 3, 2023). In his speech, Marcos lauded the PAF for upholding the country’s territorial integrity and safeguarding maritime zones.

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MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday lauded the Philippine Air Force (PAF) for upholding the country’s territorial integrity and safeguarding its maritime zones.

Marcos said PAF’s achievements exemplify the values it stands for: integrity, excellence and patriotism.

“As members of the Philippine Air Force, you must always uphold these values as the custodians of our skies, entrusted with the task of upholding our national interests, protecting our people, and defending our territory,” Marcos said during the PAF’s 76th founding anniversary held at the Haribon Hangar of Clark Air Base in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

Marcos said the dedication and sacrifice demonstrated by all personnel paved the way for PAF’s growth and success through the years.

“You have contributed in laying the groundwork for the enhancement of our aerial defense capabilities. So, in behalf of the Filipino people, I thank you for your service. May you continue doing your best in all the endeavors that you are given and inspire your fellow airmen and airwomen to do the same,” he added.

The Chief Executive also expressed his gratitude to PAF for going beyond its service, especially during calamity and humanitarian crises.

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He cited PAF’s efforts to support the Philippine Army and other law enforcement agencies in upholding internal security, making the communities safe from various threats.

Marcos, however, reminded it will not always be easy, citing the current geopolitical changes in the region.

“The days ahead will not be easy and will demand every ounce of your strength and resilience. The winds of change signal geopolitical changes around our region and other parts of the world that as yet affect us. The Philippine Air Force’s maritime air patrol missions are thus essential in upholding our territorial integrity and safeguarding Philippine maritime zones,” he said.

The President assured the government will continue to strengthen the Armed Forces of the Philippines through acquisitions under the modernization program.

He reminded PAF to remain united in purpose, indomitable in spirit, and unwavering in its dedication to protect the Philippines and the Filipino people.

Marcos also witnessed the capability demonstration at Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac and led the awarding of outstanding PAF officers.

Anna Leah Gonzales (PNA)