by Manila Bulletin
President Duterte assured that the government is now working on implementing the Second Horizon of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program which includes a number of projects for the Philippine Navy amounting to P77 billion.
Duterte made the statement during the celebration of the Philippine Navy’s 120th anniversary in Pasay City.
In his speech, Duterte assured the soldiers and marines of the government’s efforts to enhance their capability.
“We live in exciting times for our armed forces as we further enhance the capability of our Navy,” Duterte said.
“Since the beginning of this administration, I have exerted efforts to upgrade your equipment and artillery,” he added.
These include the additional two units of TC90 aircraft, two units of multi-purpose assault crafts and one strategic sealift vessel, among others.
Duterte also announced that Jordan is giving the country two Cobra helicopters.
In his speech, the President congratulated the Philippine Navy for its 120 years of unwavering service, sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to defend Philippine waters and secure the country’s maritime borders.
“To the brave soldiers and marines of our Navy, you have made the Filipino people proud and continue to do so with gallantry in defending our sovereignty in our territorial waters, particularly in the West Philippine Sea,” Duterte said.
The President also recognized the efforts of the men and women of the Navy and Marines in the liberation of Marawi. The country will be commemorating the one-year anniversary of the start of the Marawi Siege on May 23.
He also recognized them for helping even now during the rehabilitation of the war-torn city.
“It was only last year when we celebrated the Philippine Navy’s anniversary during the Marawi Siege. Then, we honored the heroic efforts of the men and women of the Navy and Marines in the liberation of Marawi. Today, we once again honor them as we make significant progress in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of that city,” Duterte said.
He also recognized the Navy’s accomplishments and contributions in humanitarian assistance, maritime law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and disaster relief operations.
“These noble endeavors have made our kababayans (countrymen) feel safer in challenging circumstances,” Duterte said.
The President likewise expressed confidence that together with the AFP, the country can realize its aspiration of building a strong and resilient nation.
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos, May 23, 2018