Pres. Duterte urges Congress to provide AFP with modern equipment before 2022

Pres. Duterte urges Congress to provide AFP with modern equipment before 2022




More than ever the Philippines needs t muscle up in terms of modernizing and arming our Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made it public that he wants to strengthen the country’s military and police forces in preparation for the dangerous times ahead.

In his speech during the appreciation dinner for former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Manila Hotel, Duterte said he would like to leave behind a strong Armed Forces and police when he completes his term in 2022.

Pres. Duterte (photo credit to owner)

Pres. Duterte said he should be prepared because of the incoming peril he senses.
“I see very dangerous times ahead. And I hope that we will be able to contain whatever there is,” the chief executive said.
“Lumalabas nga ‘yung pawis sa kamay ko just thinking about if it would go awry outside of Sulu and Basilan Islands,” he added.

The president further stated that while he has acquired the necessary military weapons to fight terrorism, he also expressed hope that Congress would make a move to further strengthen the country’s line of defense.
“We have acquired so many armaments. And there were things, kakaunti na lang, which I hope that Congress would tide us over to complete the instruments that we need in dealing, especially with terrorism,” he said.
He likes to finish the job in arming the country’s troops because he does not know if the one who will replace him shares the same sentiment as his.

“I hope that by the time I make my exit, nandiyan na lahat ‘yan because I am not belittling the events to come or the person coming in to be the next president. Hindi ko alam kung sino,” he said.
“And I’d rather that I leave with a strong military and police and equipped to challenge the enemies of the state, especially terrorism,” he added.



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