PNoy challenges fresh cadets to improve military Image
President Aquino challenged the new batch of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduates to raise the standards of the armed forces in a speech yesterday.
As the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (PMA) Commander-in-chief, Aquino gave a speech to the graduating batch of PMA at Fort del Pilar, Baguio. The speech was full of promises to improve soldiers’ conditions, one of which was to update the military’s equipment.
A modernisation of AFP is underway, said the president, which includes 63,000 brand-new rifles, boats, combat utility helicopters, three Navy choppers, 12 lead-in fighter trainer aircraft and two twin-engine naval anti-submarine helicopter.
The modernisation also seeks to improve the soldiers’ lives through housing and livelihood programmes, especially for veterans. Aside from 54,449 houses for soldiers, an inter-department livelihood programme is in the works to give soldiers a chance to farm products like coffee, cacao and palm oil to give them an alternative income.
With these improvements to the military, the president challenged the graduating batch Siklab Diwa to improve the image of the AFP. Honour was the theme of the speech, and the president warned the batch against the temptation of corruption.
‘Haharap kayo sa sangandaan; susubukin ang inyong prinsipyo ng ilang mapanlamang, sisilawin nila kayo ng yaman at kapangyarihan,’ said the Aquino.
‘Bilang Commander-in-Chief, umaasa akong [matatag ang] inyong prinsipyong itakwil ang mali, at pumanig sa katwiran. Dahil higit sa anumang yaman at kapangyarihan, ang pananagutan at integridad ang dinadakila ng ating mga Boss.’
He ended by saying he trusts Siklab Diwa to do what is right once they are in the field: ‘umaasa akong mangingibabaw ang inyong tibay at propesyunalismo at tiwala sa Poong Maykapal.’