Filipino people is real commander-in-chief: Aquino III

17:58, July 05, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III told soldiers Monday that their real commander-in-chief is the people and not him.

Philippine Senator Benigno Aquino III speaks during a news conference at Aquino's residence in Quezon City, Metro Manila June 7, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

"The real commander-in-chief of our nation and the chain of command do not end with me. I have a responsibility to the Filipino people," Aquino said Monday in a speech delivered at the 63rd founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force.

"I want you to know that if my expectations of you are high, it is because I know that our people's expectations of all of us are the highest. I will not make false promises to you or tell you things simply for the sake of making positive headlines," he stressed.

Aquino has ordered Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to make a comprehensive review of the different aspects of the national defense to ensure where to put in the resources of the government.

"My fundamental philosophy is there cannot be right solutions without the corresponding correct identification of the problems. Secretary Gazmin is undertaking, at my direction, a comprehensive review of many aspects of our national defense with this orientation in mind," he said.

For his part, Air Force Chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena appealed to the President to rush the modernization of the Philippine Air Force.

"Your Excellency, when we said earlier that today heralds a new flight path for us, we are not only referring to a footprint in time, marked by our anniversary accomplishments; we were also suggesting need to fast-track our overdue modernization," Rabena said.

Rabena said that the Air Force is depending on Aquino's promise in his inauguration that he will support the long-delayed modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Source: Xinhua


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