President Benigno Aquino III thanked officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the last time as he would be vacating his position on June 30.
In a live Twitter feed of his speech on Monday, June 27, Aquino expressed gratitude for military officers who did well in service for the last six years. He served as commander-in-chief for the duration of his term.
“Tunay na kayong katuwang ng ating mga boss, ang sambayanang Pilipino. Sa layo ng narating natin, di ko maiwasan ang mapangiti pag maiisip kong mas malayo pa ang kaya ninyong marating,” said Aquino to officials at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
(You are true companions of our bosses, the Filipino people. Because of how far we have come, I cannot help but smile when I think that you may reach greater distances.)
“Ito na po ang huli kong pagharap sa inyo bilang commander-in-chief,” noted Aquino. “Dahil sa ambag ng bawat isa sa inyo, nakatatak na sa mga Pilipino ang maasahang unipormadong hanay. Sa ngalan ng bawat kababayan nating naisalba ninyo at napanatag ang loob, maraming salamat sa inyo.”
(This will be my last time to address you as commander-in-chief. Because of the contributions of each one of you, reliable uniformed forces are now instilled with Filipinos. In the name of each of our countrymen that you have rescued and given peace of mind, thank you very much.)
During his address, the President cited modernization achievements for the country’s military arm during his term.
“Ngayon, kita naman na mayroon na tayong apat (C-130), at may isa pang paparating. Nitong nakaraang buwan, dumating na rin ang BRP Tarlac, ang pinakamalaki na nating barko. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, mayroon tayong sasakyang pandagat na pwedeng magsilbing ospital at command center sa panahon ng sakuna,” said Aquino.
(Now, we see that we have four (C-130s), and there is one more on the way. This past month, the BRP Tarlac — our largest ship — has already arrived. For the first time, we have a marine vessel that can serve as hospital and command center in times of emergency.)
During his speech, Aquino also took the opportunity to thank Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin as well as other officials from the AFP and the Presidential Security Group (PSG). He would be passing on his position to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City on June 30. MC