Senator Richard Gordon is seeking substantive increases in Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) budget saying that undermining the country’s defense capacity cannot continue.
The senator noted that nobody will help Philippines, especially on West Philippine Sea dispute, unless the Philippines is ready invest in defense.
He said that by investing in strengthening the military, the government is fulfilling the Constitutional provision which mandates that the AFP is the protector of the people and its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory.
“We cannot continue to afford making a mockery of our Constitution’s claim that the AFP is the protector of the people and its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory. I am not saying we go to war. Far from it! But it is a conditio sine qua non for every state to have a capable defense force,” he said.
“But we can make all our allies near and far realize that by investing our defense forces with the modicum of credible equipage we are prepared to fulfill the Constitution’s mandate. We must be prepared to do everything and more for the sake of national security. We must do this, ourselves. By doing so, the whole world will respect us and prospective supporters will support us because we are showing our commitment to help ourselves. Masarap tulungan ang taong tumutulong sa sarili,” he added.