“Whatever challenge lies ahead, be it territorial integrity, terrorism, the wrath of nature, or even infectious diseases, we shall not falter. Hindi magpapatinag ang inyong AFP,” newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay said.
“We shall carry out our tasks by exemplifying our brand of honor, service, and patriotism—for this is our lifeblood. They are what makes us the AFP,” Lieutenant General Gapay said.
He told the men and women in the Armed Forces that the Filipino people needs the military. “They look up to you; they trust you—and we will not let them down,” he said.
He also pleaded for support from the Filipino people.
“Ang inyong Sandatahang Lakas ay ang inyong “lakas” na tapat sa sinumpaang tungkulin. Ang inyong suporta ay ang aming katatagan. Asahan niyo na kami ay kaagapay ng bawat Pilipino sa pagpapanatiling ligtas at payapa ng ating bansa,” he said.