President Aquino presides over Testimonial Review in honor of outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Dellosa at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
President Benigno S. Aquino III presided over the Testimonial Review in honor of outgoing Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Jessie D. Dellosa, who relinquished his post to Lieutenant General (Lt. Gen.) Emmanuel T. Bautista, in a simple ceremony held at the AFP General Headquarters, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday.
During the same event, the President who is also AFP Commander-in-Chief formally installed Lt. Gen. Bautista as the 44th Chief of Staff of the AFP.
President Aquino conferred the Presidential Legion of Honor with the degree of Chief Commander and citation on Dellosa. He was assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin and Dellosa’ s wife Mary Rose.
In receiving the award, Dellosa was cited for his competence and leadership in the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan where he rallied the AFP in sustaining the gains in internal security operations, community building and development, organizational reform, support to peace process, territorial defense and humanitarian and disaster response.
Dellosa, the 43rd AFP Chief of Staff, held the AFP's top post for more than a year after assuming office on December 12, 2011. He will be reaching his mandatory retirement age on Sunday, January 20.
During the change of command ceremony, Dellosa also submitted to the President his tour-of-duty report before handing over the command symbol to his successor, Lt. Gen. Bautista.
The newly-installed AFP Chief of staff had served as the Commanding General of the Philippine Army. He had served as Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy’s Dimalupig Class of 1981, Bautista completed his Masters in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Compared to last year's AFP anniversary celebration and previous change of command ceremonies, Thursday's event was simpler as the motorized contingent and the sky diving exhibition were shelved, along with the assets and capability demonstration.
Among those present were Vice President Jejomar C. Binay; former President Fidel Valdez Ramos; Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr.; Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas; Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya; Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles; Presidential Communications and Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.; Presidential Management Staff head Secretary Julia Abad; Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta Rosales; Philippine National Police chief Police Director General Alan Purisima and Philippine Coast Guard chief Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena.
Also in attendance were members of the Diplomatic Corps, Cabinet Secretaries, Congressmen, Foreign Armed Forces Attaches, former secretaries of the Department of National Defense, former Chiefs of Staff of the AFP, officials of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, and Philippine National Police, Quezon City local government officials, veterans, and members of the AFP Affiliated Organizations and the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979. PND (js)
President Aquino challenges AFP to fulfill mandate in ensuring peace and order and preserving integrity of coming elections
President Benigno S. Aquino III challenged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to fulfill its duty in ensuring the peace and order and preserving the integrity of the 2013 mid-term elections in the country.
In his speech during the Testimonial Review in honor of former Chief of Staff of the AFP General Jessie D. Dellosa and Change of Command Ceremony held at the AFP General Headquarters, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Thursday, the Chief Executive acknowledged the significant role of the AFP in preserving the integrity of
the country's elections.
"Ang hamon ko po sa inyo: ang AFP, kasama ng ating kapulisan, ang may obligasyon na siguruhing maidaraos nang mapayapa at may integridad ang darating na halalan. Nais nating mangibabaw ang boses ng bayan, at nang hindi ito mabusalan ng armas, takot, at karahasan," the
President Aquino said he expects the AFP, now under the leadership of Lieutenant General Emmanuel T. Bautista, to uphold the sovereignty, support the Constitution, and defend the territory of the Republic of the
Philippines against all enemies.
"Saligang Batas ang dapat ninyong kilingan; taumbayan ang dapat ninyong panigan. Pangalagaan ninyo ang karapatan ng mamamayan na malayang makapili ng kanilang mga pinuno. Ang gusto natin: tapat, patas, at naaayon sa batas ang darating na eleksyon mula sa kampanya hanggang sa proklamasyon ng mga bagong pinuno," he said.
With the signing of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act last December, President Aquino expressed confidence that the AFP can now better perform its mandate of upholding the sovereignty and defending the territorial integrity of the country at all times.
"Kaya nga po, sa pagsasabatas ng New AFP Modernization Act, pitumpu’t limang bilyong pisong paunang pondo ang ilalaan natin sa ating Tanggulang Pambansa sa susunod na limang taon. Bukod pa ito sa dalawampu’t walong bilyong pisong pondo na nailaan na para sa modernisasyon ng AFP sa ilalim po ng ating administrasyon. Ikumpara natin ito sa tatlumpu’t tatlong bilyong pisong ginastos para sa modernisasyon sa loob ng labinlimang taon bago tayo manungkulan," he noted.
"Dagdag pa sa mga makabagong kagamitan tulad ng mga helicopters, mga modernong barko, at armas, nariyan din ang handog nating disente at abot-kayang mga tahanan. Aabot na nga po sa humigit-kumulang 53,000 housing units ang maipapatayo natin ngayong taon," he stressed.
The new law is a manifestation of the government's unwavering commitment to the AFP, the President noted.
The President also cited General Dellosa's contributions in pursuing efforts to attain genuine peace.
"Ang nakalipas pong taon ay minarkahan ng hamon at tagumpay para sa Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas. Nariyan ang tagumpay ng nilagdaang Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro; sa wakas, abot-kamay na ang inaasam nating kapayapaan sa Mindanao," he said.
"Mula sa pagpapaunlad ng inyong kakayahan, hanggang sa pagtitiwala at pagkilala ng taumbayan sa integridad ng inyong institusyon, nakikita na natin ang pagbabagong tinatamasa ng kasundaluhan. Sinisimulan na nga po natin ang makabuluhang siklo ng pag-unlad. Sa paglago ng ekonomiya, umaangat din ang kapasidad nating tutukan at tugunan ang inyong mga pangangailangan," he said. PND (js)