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Marcos to new Armed Forces chief: ‘Ensure smooth delivery of public services’

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday challenged the new leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to recalibrate the military's internal operations to “ensure the smooth delivery of public services in geographically challenged and disadvantaged communities.”

Speaking at the Change of Command rites and sendoff for outgoing Chief of Staff General Andres Centino at the AFP Headquarters in Quezon City, Marcos directed newly designated military chief, General Romeo Brawner to exert more efforts to bring the government closer to the people, especially former insurgents who have returned to the folds of the law.

“Given your extensive experience in safeguarding peace in conflict affected areas, I urge you to recalibrate our internal security operations so that we can deliver public services in geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities,” he said.

“I know your supervision will give rise to a safer and more secure nation where more rebels return to the fold of the law and decide to be productive citizens. At this juncture allow me to urge you all to work towards an armed forces that is agile and prepared for any contingency,” he added.

The Commander-in-Chief likewise reiterated his administration's full support to the AFP's modernization drive as it is an integral part of the government's efforts “to strengthen our external defense capabilities” and urged Brawner to “continue working with national government agencies and civilian stakeholders to form archipelagic consciousness amongst Filipinos” as doing such “will help champion our country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

Marcos then thanked Centino for his “exemplary service and resolute commitment” in harboring peace, order, and security in the country.

“As you enter your well-deserved retirement, I hope that you will continue to pursue endeavors that will benefit our fellow Filipinos and our entire nation,” he said.

Centino, who wraps up 39 years of active duty, will continue his service to the government as the new presidential adviser for the West Philippine Sea.

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