CAMP AGUINALDO, QUEZON CITY – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conducted a joint Flag Raising Ceremony together with the Department of National Defense (DND) in commemoration of the 123rd year of Philippine Independence.

The Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana led the event today, June 12 at the General Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. He was joined by the AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana.

“Our love for country will unify us and cement the walls to make our nation stand strong. Alinsunod sa tema ng ating pagdiriwang ngayong taon, ‘Diwa ng Kalayaan sa Pagkakaisa at Paghilom ng Bayan’, sama-sama nating bantayan ang ating kasarinlan tungo sa maunlad na kinabukasan ng sambayanan,” said the Defense Secretary.

In a separate statement, General Sobejana paid tribute to the people who paved the way for our liberty and pledged for the AFP to continuously uphold our freedom.

“Ang kanilang kabayanihan at matapang na pakikipaglaban sa iba’t-ibang pamamaraan - sa prinsipyo, dunong, salita o gawa man, ang dahilan ng kalayaang tinatamasa ng bawat Pilipino sa kasalukuyan. Ang kalayaang ito ang nais na patuloy na itaguyod, panindigan at protektahan ng ating mga kasundaluhan,” he said.///

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