Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr vows to strengthen AFP, ensure welfare of soldiers

2023 June 19

EMERGE EFFECTIVE. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. administers the oath of office to newly promoted Generals and Flag Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Malacañang Ceremonial Hall on Monday (June 19, 2023). He said the AFP must always emerge effective, formidable and responsive to ensure that the country’s integrity and interests are defended and preserved.

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MANILA – Highlighting the importance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to the country’s security and democracy, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday vowed to strengthen the organization and ensure the well-being of its personnel.

“As your President and your Commander-in-Chief, I stand resolutely behind and with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. I will ensure that the strength of the organization and the well-being of all its personnel are attended to,” Marcos said as he administered the oath of office to 40 newly promoted AFP generals and flag officers in Malacañang.

The promoted AFP officials are composed of 10 Major Generals/Rear Admirals and 14 Brigadier Generals/Commodores of the Philippine Army; one Lieutenant General, three Major Generals/Rear Admirals and four Brigadier Generals/Commodores of the Philippine Navy; one Lieutenant General, two Major Generals/Rear Admirals and three Brigadier Generals/Commodores of the Philippine Air Force; and, two Brigadier Generals/Commodores of the Technical and Administrative Service.

In his speech, Marcos said the AFP is now in a new era and is an organization that looks outward while also building on the gains that the country has made internally.

He noted, however, that due to the ever-changing dynamics of geopolitics and the global security environment, more challenges lie ahead.

With these circumstances, the Commander-in-Chief said the AFP must always emerge effective, formidable and responsive to ensure that the country’s integrity and interests are defended and preserved.

“Henceforth, your strategic leadership will be the fulcrum and the compass, so that the AFP will move in the right direction, guided by the Constitution and the democratic principles that we have all sworn to uphold,” he said.

Congratulating the new military officers, Marcos said Filipinos have high expectations of them, stressing they will be tasked to efficiently manage the organization and its assets, and maintain its effectiveness and resilience.

He said they will lead and mobilize the nation’s new generation of guardians and future leaders, and instill in them the virtues of discipline, valor and patriotic public service.

“High-level security intelligence and analysis will be expected to fully apprise the Commander-in-Chief and strategically guide our planning and all of our decision-making,” he added.

Government officials present during the oath-taking were Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., Special Assistant to the President Secretary Antonio Lagdameo and Presidential Communications Office Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil.

Presidential Adviser on Military and Police Affairs Secretary Roman Felix was also present during the oath-taking ceremony along with AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino.