Duterte to work with Congress in passing vital bills on enhanced national defense

Published November 21, 2019, 11:13 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

The administration is committed to fully implement the modernization programs aimed at improving the country’s defense capabilities, President Duterte declared on Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Speaking at the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense (DND) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City Wednesday night, the President recognized the vital role of the department and vowed to work with Congress to pass vital bills related to enhancing national defense.

“Throughout our nation’s history, the Department of National Defense has been an important contributor in national development through the effective formulation and implementation of policies and the efficient management of resources to ensure our safety and protect our territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Duterte said.

“I assure you of my administration’s full implementation of the modernization programs by working with Congress towards the enactment of legislative measures that will further enhance the department’s capabilities,” he added.

Duterte made the commitment after commending the DND personnel for helping keep the country safe. He said the Filipino nation is grateful for their service not only in securing peace and safety but also in humanitarian aid and disaster response.

“I extend my sincerest thanks to you, the brave men and women of the DND, for successfully carrying out the sacred mandate to defend our country against external and internal threats and ensure peace and security,” he said.

He said the DND’s “indispensable participation” in humanitarian and disaster response, peace and development, socio-economic growth, and nation building were also vital to the country’s journey to progress.

“The Filipino nation will always remember you in their hearts for pursuing this noble task that puts you at the forefront of combating elements that threaten our freedom and democratic way of life,” he said.

He said he hopes the DND personnel will continue to work harder, assuring them of the nation’s full support.

“I am hopeful that this milestone will inspire you to work harder for an environment that will be the bedrock of a safer and more prosperous society for the present and future generations,” he said. “Be assured that the entire Filipino nation is behind you as we advance the common good and pursue genuine reforms for our motherland,” he added.

The government’s military and defense modernization program includes upgrading of equipment used in internal security and territorial defense, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

To improve the country’s defense system, the President earlier pushed for the passage of measures such as the National Defense Act, military pension reform bill, revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12, amendments to the Human Security Act, and the creation of a special defense economic zone authority.

 
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Duterte to work with Congress in passing vital bills on enhanced national defense

Published November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling

The administration is committed to fully implement the modernization programs aimed at improving the country’s defense capabilities, President Duterte declared on Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Speaking at the 80th anniversary of the Department of National Defense (DND) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City Wednesday night, the President recognized the vital role of the department and vowed to work with Congress to pass vital bills related to enhancing national defense.

“Throughout our nation’s history, the Department of National Defense has been an important contributor in national development through the effective formulation and implementation of policies and the efficient management of resources to ensure our safety and protect our territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Duterte said.

“I assure you of my administration’s full implementation of the modernization programs by working with Congress towards the enactment of legislative measures that will further enhance the department’s capabilities,” he added.

Duterte made the commitment after commending the DND personnel for helping keep the country safe. He said the Filipino nation is grateful for their service not only in securing peace and safety but also in humanitarian aid and disaster response.

“I extend my sincerest thanks to you, the brave men and women of the DND, for successfully carrying out the sacred mandate to defend our country against external and internal threats and ensure peace and security,” he said.

He said the DND’s “indispensable participation” in humanitarian and disaster response, peace and development, socio-economic growth, and nation building were also vital to the country’s journey to progress.

“The Filipino nation will always remember you in their hearts for pursuing this noble task that puts you at the forefront of combating elements that threaten our freedom and democratic way of life,” he said.

He said he hopes the DND personnel will continue to work harder, assuring them of the nation’s full support.

“I am hopeful that this milestone will inspire you to work harder for an environment that will be the bedrock of a safer and more prosperous society for the present and future generations,” he said. “Be assured that the entire Filipino nation is behind you as we advance the common good and pursue genuine reforms for our motherland,” he added.

The government’s military and defense modernization program includes upgrading of equipment used in internal security and territorial defense, humanitarian assistance, and disaster response.

To improve the country’s defense system, the President earlier pushed for the passage of measures such as the National Defense Act, military pension reform bill, revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in Grades 11 and 12, amendments to the Human Security Act, and the creation of a special defense economic zone authority.

 
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