AFP chief urges Navy to intensify efforts in securing PHL’s interests

The 55th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP), Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, made his first visit to the Philippine Navy (PN) today, May 25 at the Bonifacio Naval Station in Taguig City where he was received by the Navy Flag Officer In Command, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo and members of the PN command team.

The visiting CSAFP witnessed the capability demonstration of the Philippine Marine Corps and was later on apprised of the PN’s current thrusts and ways ahead.

In his remarks, Sobejana rallied the troops “to intensify our efforts in decisively bolstering our defenses and securing our country’s interests. With the available resources on hand, the AFP shall effectively maximize the utilization of these newly-acquired assets in defending what is rightfully ours.”

He also recognized the sailors and marines who “have exemplified steadfastness as they vigilantly secure our territory through the conduct of relentless maritime security operations. Indeed, it is the men and women of the Philippine Navy, who stand tall at the frontlines, as we deploy naval and air assets to assert our sovereign rights.”

General Sobejana of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987, assumed as the 55th AFP chief last February 4, 2021. He is a recipient of the country’s highest military honor, the Medal of Valor, for acts of bravery and sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty while fighting Abu Sayyaf terrorists in 1995.

This time-honored military tradition of newly assumed AFP chief making rounds to all major services and other military camps is conducted as a way to rally the troops, reaffirm commitment and boost their morale toward achieving the overall objectives of the AFP. NAVY.MIL.PH