MILITARY MIGHT. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., First Lady Liza Marcos, and their three sons witness the military parade during the presidential oath-taking and inauguration at National Museum, Manila on Thursday (June 30, 2022). The parade highlighted the country’s assets and showed the military’s readiness to challenge all threats. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

MANILA – The military parade during Thursday’s inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the National Museum symbolized the country's strength to face challenges.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said on Friday it raised the morale of Filipinos, seeing the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"Pinapakita ‘yan normally sa ibang bansa pero tayo matagal na nating hindi ginawa. Kaya kahapon nung ipinarada ‘yung ating military, tumaas ang morale na meron pala tayong ganitong mga kagamitan (It is normally displayed in other countries but we have not done it for a long time. That is why yesterday, when our military paraded, the morale went up knowing that we have these facilities)," Gatchalian said in an interview with SMNI.

He vowed to support any measure in the Senate that will further modernize the AFP.

"Suportado natin ‘yan. Hindi lang ‘yung kagamitan, kundi ‘yung mga sundalo natin. Proud tayo! Ako proud ako kahapon na nakita ko itong mga kagamitan natin, ‘yung military, at ‘yung front-liners natin (We support it, not only the facilities, but also our soldiers. We are proud! I am proud of our facilities, the military, and our front-liners as well)," Gatchalian said.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said the military parade that showcased the country’s air, sea, and land assets invoked national pride.

"It showed us as a strong republic ready to defend our nation from any aggression both from external and internal threats," Zubiri said in a statement on Thursday.

He also praised the inclusion of front-liners, overseas workers, and other civil sectors to show how they are valued. (PNA)