CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Three members of the communist rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered to troops of the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion today in Bansalan, Davao del Sur bringing along three high-powered firearms.
The surrenderees were active members of the NPA’s Front 51, SMRC operating in the areas of Davao del Sur and Makilala, North Cotabato. They brought along one M14 rifle and two M16 rifles.
Happy New Year, Armed Forces of the Philippines!
At the beginning of this New Year, let me extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The year 2013 has been another time of distinguished service to our nation in fulfillment of our mandate as protector of the people and of the State. We achieved great successes in winning just and lasting peace through the Internal Peace and Security Plan "Bayanihan", and in our transformation efforts through the AFP Transformation Roadmap. Likewise, we were also confronted with great challenges that tested our strength and resolve. But through our collective effort, we were able to meet these challenges; and our nation emerged more peaceful, and more secure.
Foremost, let me convey my warmest holiday greetings to everyone here tonight, in celebration of Christmas and in welcoming the New Year.
Christmas is a season of love, thanksgiving, and hope. This is the time of the year when families and loved ones all across our country come together to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ, who was sent by God to serve. As we celebrate in joy, may we all reflect on the compassion and sacrifice that guided His life and learn from His teachings and examples.
CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is looking forward to a promising 2014 after its significant achievements this past year including the victorious defense of Zamboanga last September and its humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations in the Yolanda-affected areas of Visayas.
“As we celebrate the holiday season and welcome 2014, may all the soldiers take pride in everything that we have accomplished in our pursuit of just and lasting peace for the Philippines, and in our transformation initiatives,” the AFP Chief of Staff, General Emmanuel T. Bautista said.
AFP 78th Anniversary
Welcome Remarks of
GEN EMMANUEL T BAUTISTA AFP
Chief of Staff, AFP
It is a distinct honor to welcome all of you to the 78th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
On behalf of the entire AFP, I would like to thank His Excellency, President Benigno S Aquino III, our President and Commander-in-Chief, for the honor of his presence today.
Men and women of the AFP, today, we celebrate our 78th anniversary with simpler ceremonies, to show solidarity with our people in light of the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda. Nevertheless, it is with great pride that we honor the glorious legacy of the AFP on the occasion of our 78th year.