AFP chief boosts morale of Kalayaan Island Group defenders

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Cirilito Sobejana visited troops securing Pag-asa Island and other communities within the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) on June 7.

The AFP chief has assured to uplift the morale and welfare.

“The AFP will strike a balance between mission accomplishments and looking after the morale and welfare of our men and women,” General Sobejana said addressing troops manning Naval Station Emilio Liwanag in Pag-asa Island.

General Sobejana highlighted the importance of the troops’ role in protecting the citizens of KIG and their livelihood as well as guarding the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“The AFP recently deployed additional air and naval assets under the operational control of Western Command (WESCOM) in Palawan. This is to support the National Task Force-WPS together with the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in performing sovereignty patrols in the WPS,” the AFP said.