MANILA–Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was given an “Information and Security Briefing” by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday.
This took place at AFP general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, said military public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo in statement.
“This engagement has been prior arranged by the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Office of the Vice President (OVP) although no definite date had been established until last week,” he added.
Arevalo said the AFP rendered the customary arrival honors to Robredo as befitting her standing as the nation’s second highest official.
“At the Conference Room, the VP was informed of the mission, vision, and functions of the AFP as a bureau under the Department of National Defense,” he noted.
More importantly, Arevalo said the Vice President was made aware of the capabilities the AFP now possesses, the security challenges it faces and copes in various mission areas locally and abroad, and the AFP’s way forward in its firm and continuing commitment to bring about conditions for peace, progress, and security for the country with the support of other departments, local governments, and their respective constituents.
“The VP expressed her gratitude for the honors and the briefing accorded to her,” Arevalo disclosed.
Robredo, the military official said, expressed satisfaction over the many AFP accomplishments and gave her support to the uniformed personnel and civilian employees of the organization in the pursuit of its mission.
“The Vice President wished the AFP success in all its endeavor,” he added.
As this develops, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Robredo for honoring them with her visit.
He likewise expressed the continuing and unwavering loyalty and commitment of the DND — the AFP included — to the Constitution and the duly constituted authorities.
“And that every member of the Department, the Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines will have no reservations to perpetuate its mandate of ensuring the defense and security of the state and the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Lorenzana added.