Military brass thank Aquino for afp capability upgrade

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TOP officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday bid President Benigno Aquino 3rd goodbye three days before he steps down and thanked him for his “unprecedented” support in the military’s capability upgrade and modernization.

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Led by Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda, acting AFP Chief of Staff , military officials gave Aquino a testimonial parade and review at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City at 3 p.m. and thanked him for pouring in at least P60 billion for the acquisition of much-needed military equipment.

Full honors were accorded to the President upon his arrival in the GHQ Grandstand with Miranda as the military host.

In his speech, Miranda said the AFP has acquired a number of equipment not only for war but for peace and humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).

“Dahil sa kanyang malasakit sa ating kalagayan, napabuti ng ating kahandaan sa pagdating ng mga makabagong kagamitan na hindi lamang pandigma, hindi lamang pangkapayapaan kundi para na rin sa panahon ng sakuna (Because of his concern and understanding the requirements of the AFP, our preparedness was greatly improved because of the arrival of new equipment that can be used not only in war but for peace and disaster,” said Miranda.

He also credited Aquino for signing into law Republic Act 10349 or “An act amending republic act no. 7898, establishing the revised afp modernization program and for other purposes.”

“In so many words mr president the obligation to convey our sense of gratitude… Thank you for supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines transformation roadmap, thank you for enabling our forces through our revised AFP modenization program and thank you for trusting us to regain our strength and stand our opportunity and to transform ourselves into the service of our country and the people,” Miranda told Aquino in his speech.

Among others, the AFP has acquired 114 units of M113a2 armored personnel carrier from US (excess defense articles); Six units of armored personnel carrier and four units of armored recovery vehicle, all from Israel; 120 units of field ambulances; various types of mobility trucks, such as 1¼ ton trucks troop carrier, 2½ ton trucks troop carrier, and 5 ton trucks prime movers; 63,286 units M4 assault rifles, that include the requirements of the Philippine Marine corps; and various types of tactical radio equipment; two Hamilton-class cutters, six multi-purpose assault craft, three brand-new C-295 medium lift aircraft, two C-130 heavy transports, two FA-50PH light-interim fighter aircraft and eight attack versions of the AgustaWestland AW-109 helicopters, five landing craft heavies and two strategic sealift vessels.

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