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bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino enjoins soldiers to do what is right
bulet-arow.gif (856 bytes) President Aquino announces increase in daily allowance of uniformed men

President Aquino enjoins soldiers to do what is right
 
President Benigno S. Aquino lII has called on members of the military to shun corruption and instead do their duties well for the benefit of the entire country.

"Sa ating kasundaluhan: Huwag sana ninyong kalilimutang sa bawat panahon, obligasyon ninyong gawin ang tama at makatuwiran," the President said in his speech during the 79th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Day held Thursday morning in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

"Huwag kayong magpapadala sa tukso o magpapakaladkad sa sinumang nagbabalak na ilihis tayo sa tuwid na landas. Nalalapit na po ang 2016, at alam naman po natin na sa panahon ng halalan, talagang may mga magpupumilit pa ring gamitin kayo para sa pansariling interes."

Soldiers, he said, are mandated by the people to ensure an orderly and peaceful election.

“Inaasahan ang inyong hanay na manatili sa panig ng taumbayan,” he said.

President Aquino also noted that while it is a challenge for soldiers to be away from their families, especially during the Christmas season, they draw their strength from knowing that their fellow countrymen are safe during the holidays.

"Sa ngalan ng sambayanan, maraming salamat sa inyong paglilingkod," the President said, expressing his gratitude to the uniformed men and women of the AFP. PND (as)

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President Aquino announces increase in daily allowance of uniformed men
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday announced that the government will increase the subsistence allowance for soldiers, police officers and other uniformed men.

The President made the announcement during the celebration of the 79th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Day held in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

"May good news nga po tayo sa inyong anibersaryo: Ang sabi sa atin ni Senate President Franklin Drilon, naipasa na kagabi sa Senado at sa Kamara de Representates ang panukalang iangat sa P150 mula sa P90 ang subsistence allowance ng ating mga sundalo, pulis, at iba pang kasapi ng unipormadong hanay. Inaabangan na lang po natin ang panukala, at ‘pag lumapag ito sa ating mesa ay pipirmahan agad natin ito," he said.

To improve the welfare of uniformed men and their families, he said, the government is enhancing its housing program, the livelihood program in Fort Magsaysay for active and retired servicemen, and the pension system for retired personnel.
President Aquino further promised that the government would do everything to help the AFP improve the skills and capabilities of its members to strengthen the institution’s professionalism and integrity.

He said that the government is addressing the uniformed men’s lack of skills and equipment through the capability development and professionalism enhancement programs under the AFP Transformation Road Map, and the acquisition of new ships, helicopters and fighter jets.

“Lalo pa nating pag-iibayuhin ang force-on-force training ng ating mga kawal, kasabay ng pamumuhunan sa tinatawag ninyong ‘miles equipment’,” he added.

On behalf of the Filipino people, President Aquino thanked the members of the AFP for their service.

“Sa nalalabing sandali ng ating administrasyon, makakaasa kayong mas matatayog pang mga pangarap ang ating aabutin para sa inyong hanay at para sa kalakhang lipunan,” he said. PND (ag)

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