PRES­I­DENT DUTERTE TO SE­CU­RITY FORCES: ‘BE NEU­TRAL’ IN 2019 ELEC­TIONS

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Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, com­manded the na­tion’s se­cu­rity forces to be un­bi­ased and re­main non-par­ti­san dur­ing the elec­tion sea­son.

In a speech dur­ing the Philip­pine Army’s change of com­mand rites here, the Pres­i­dent asked soldiers to make a deal with the Filipino peo­ple.

“Let us make a deal here, prom­ise, we make a com­mit­ment to the Filipino peo­ple. This elec­tion, strictly neu­tral tay­ong la­hat,” he said in ral­ly­ing sup­port for the mil­i­tary and the po­lice.

“The Armed Forces, the po­lice, and the uni­formed per­son­nel of gov­ern­ment, I am ask­ing you not to in­dulge in par­ti­san pol­i­tics. Wala tay­ong susu­por­ta­han. Iy­ong mga kan­didato ko, ako lang be­cause this is a po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion. But I ex­pect every­body to re­spect that con­sti­tu­tional pro­hi­bi­tion,” the Pres­i­dent ex­plained.

Pres­i­dent Duterte en­sured that next year’s elec­tion would be hon­est and no­body in his ad­min­is­tra­tion, not even his close al­lies, could use the gov­ern­ment’s re­sources.

In pre­sid­ing over the Army’s change of com­mand, the Pres­i­dent heaped praises on Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista for his suc­cess­ful tour of duty as Com­mand­ing Gen­eral of the Philip­pine Army.

Dur­ing Bautista’s stint as Com­man­der of the 104th Infantry Brigade and head of the Joint Task Force Basi­lan, he led the op­er­a­tions against the Abu Sayyaf and other ISin­spired ter­ror­ists, seiz­ing sev­eral enemy camps and neu­tral­iz­ing two of the most dreaded for­eign ji­hadists and bomb mak­ers.

Upon as­sum­ing com­mand of the Philip­pine Army, Gen­eral Bautista or­ches­trated more than 100,000 com­bat op­er­a­tions, most of which were against the ter­ror­ist CPP-NPA.

This re­sulted in “the neu­tral­iza­tion and ap­pre­hen­sion of hun­dreds of rebels and the re­cov­ery of hun­dreds of firearms from var­i­ous law­less el­e­ments,” the Pres­i­dent said.

“Un­der his watch, the Philip­pine Army also pro­vided cru­cial sup­port to the PNP in law en­force­ment op­er­a­tions, lead­ing to the ap­pre­hen­sion of Abu Sayyaf lead­ers, mem­bers, and other fugi­tives as well as the sur­ren­der and neu­tral­iza­tion of hun­dreds more,” he added.

Also dur­ing Gen­eral Bautista’s ten­ure, the Army over­saw the de­vel­op­ment of train­ing in­ter­ven­tions and the ac­ti­va­tion of ad­di­tional Infantry Bat­tal­ions, a Light Ar­mored Cav­alry Troop and an In­tel­li­gence Se­cu­rity Unit to sup­ple­ment the com­pe­ten­cies of soldiers fur­ther.

With Gen­eral Bautista’s ac­com­plish­ment, his suc­ces­sor, Ma­jor Gen­eral Ma­cairog Al­berto, will be in­her­it­ing a stronger pro­fes­sional work­force and a more em­pow­ered and de­pend­able Army.

“To Gen­eral Al­berto, know that we will con­stantly face threats and chal­lenges as we trudge the noble path of re­al­iz­ing last­ing peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. I trust that you will take up this ac­tion as our Army’s new Com­mand­ing Gen­eral,” the Pres­i­dent said.

The Pres­i­dent asked the troops to sup­port the lead­er­ship of Gen­eral Al­berto as the gov­ern­ment sustains the gains of its re­forms, stress­ing the Filipino peo­ple count on the Philip­pine Army to re­main stead­fast in its mis­sion of pre­serv­ing peace and de­fend­ing free­dom.

Pres­i­dent Duterte Hon­ors

Wounded Soldiers

Mean­while, af­ter pre­sid­ing the Army change of com­mand rites, Pres­i­dent Duterte hon­ored and ex­tended fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to in­jured soldiers re­cu­per­at­ing here at the Army Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in Fort Boni­fa­cio.

Most of the soldiers, who re­ceived the Or­der of La­puLapu with the Rank of Kampi­lan, sus­tained the in­juries dur­ing com­bat op­er­a­tions in dif­fer­ent prov­inces in Min­danao. Some of them are mem­bers of gov­ern­ment forces who lib­er­ated Marawi City last year.

The soldiers who re­ceived the award and cash as­sis­tance were Pvt. Ar­jay Pas­ca­sio, Cpl. Clau­dio Tur­co­las Jr., Pfc. Ar­win Mainar, Pvt. Jes­son Abuhan, Pvt. Richard Angn­gad, Cpl. Olic­ito Tu­bos, Cpl. Don­ald Abuzo, Sgt. Re­nato Eucogco, Sgt. Rian Tanghi­nan, Sgt. Fer­nando Bac­quiran, Ssg. Jose So­ri­ano, Tsg. Michael dela Vega, Sgt. Torreon Domingo, Pfc. Bob­byn Pa­cas, and Sgt. Cir­ilo Navi­dad Jr.

The Or­der of Lapu-Lapu with the Kampi­lan Rank Medal is awarded to gov­ern­ment work­ers and civil­ians who were se­ri­ously wounded or in­jured or suf­fered a great loss of prop­erty as a di­rect re­sult of their par­tic­i­pa­tion to a cam­paign or ad­vo­cacy of the Pres­i­dent. # PND

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Roa Duterte wit­nesses the Change of Com­mand Cer­e­mony be­tween out­go­ing Philip­pine Army Com­man­der Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Rolando Bautista and newly-in­stalled Philip­pine Army Com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Ma­cairog Al­berto at the Philip­pine Army Of­fi­cers’ Club­house in Fort Boni­fa­cio, Taguig City on Oc­to­ber 15, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PHOTO

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