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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The 34th Philippines – United States Exercise Balikatan (BK) officially ends Friday, May 18, in a closing ceremony attended by high-ranking defense and military officials from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States Armed Forces at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club, here.
Mr. Michael S. Klecheski, the U.S. Charge d’ Affaires is the Guest of Honor and Speaker for the closing ceremony of BK 2018. He will be joined by General Carlito Galvez, AFP Chief of Staff; National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna; LtGen Emmanuel Salamat, PH-BK Exercise Diretor; and BGen Thomas Weidley of the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Officer Conducting Exercise Balikatan.
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines is a professional organization that does not engage in partisan politics. All AFP personnel will remain impartial and focused on its mission to serve and protect the people.
We will not participate in any politically motivated and election-related activities that give undue advantage to candidates and parties.
We will remain focused on our mission to provide security support to ensure the peaceful conduct of BSKE.
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CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Filipino, American, Japanese, and Australian soldiers conducted a dedication ceremony for a newly-constructed school building as part of Exercise Balikatan’s Engineering Civic Assistance Projects for Cabu Elementary School (CES) in Cabanatuan, City, Nueva Ecija Province on Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
The ceremony was attended by MGen Herminigildo Francisco Aquino, Philippine Forces Assistant Exercise Director, and LtGen Lawrence Nicholson, U.S. Forces Exercise Director. Also present was CES Principal, Ms. Cecilia Santarina.
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A Messenger post purportedly from the soldiers of the "Southern Command" allegedly withdrawing support from Government and the President and encouraging other AFP units to follow suit is now circulating in social media. Few people sent it to me to determine its veracity.
This is a fake statement. It did not come from the military. There is no “Southern Command” of the AFP. And obviously, this is a handiwork of individuals who intend to sow discord in and to discredit the AFP as a professional organization.
Your AFP shall and will remain united and steadfast following duly constituted authority and under the Chain-of-Command with the President and Commander-in-Chief on top of the hierarchy.
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