AFP modernization now more relevant due to global terror threat

By Priam Nepomuceno

July 11, 2019, 1:46 pm

<p>AFP public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato. <em>(File photo)</em></p>

AFP public affairs office chief, Col. Noel Detoyato. (File photo)

MANILA -- With the ever-present threat posed by global terrorism, it is only fitting that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) beefs up its modernization and counter-terrorism efforts.

This was stressed by Col. Noel Detoyato, AFP public affairs office chief, when asked to comment on President Rodrigo R. Duterte's statements that he wants a stronger military and police for "dangerous times ahead" in the Philippines.

“I hope that Congress would tide us over to complete the instruments that we need in dealing, especially with terrorism,” the Chief Executive added.

"This is the reason why the AFP is doubling its efforts in implementing the AFP modernization and it’s counterterrorism operations in the south. The face of global terrorism is ever changing and so we have to keep up with the pace," Detoyato said in a message to the Philippine News Agency late Wednesday.

Also, Detoyato said the AFP is taking advantage of the support of the President to fully transform itself and better perform its mandate.

"We have to take advantage of the support being initiated by our Commander-in-Chief by doubling our efforts in transforming the AFP while performing our mandate," he pointed out.

He added that the war on terror should be addressed now for the safety and security of future generations.

"The challenge of the future war on terror should be addressed now. With the support of the government led by our President and the overwhelming support of the majority of the Filipinos to his leadership we are confident that we can face this 'dangerous times' ahead," Detoyato said. (PNA)