MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is expecting its soldier-athletes to perform well in this year’s Southeast Asia (SEA) Games which will be held in Singapore from June 5 to 16.
Around 50 active-duty troopers are part of the 459 Filipino contingent to the 2015 SEA Games.
“We have high hopes (that) they will be bringing home gold medals,” AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said in Filipino.
He added that the military participants also vowed to work hard to exceed their previous sports accomplishments.
The AFP’s soldier-athletes will be competing in 14 sporting events.
“They will be utilizing their military and sports training in order to make this a reality and give honor to the country,” he stressed.
During the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, the Philippines brought home 29 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals.
That was only good for a 7th place finish and considered the country’s worst SEA Games performance.