Army chief reiterates advocacy for credible elections

April 5, 2010 10:33 pm 

MANILA, April 5 — Army chief Lt. Gen. Reynaldo B. Mapagu reminded on Monday newly-commissioned officers on the advocacy for credible elections and fulfilling the Internal Security Operations (ISO) as he formally bestowed their shoulder boards with a rank of second lieutenant at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

A total of 171 new graduates — 122 from the Philippine Military Academy ‘Masidlak’ Class of 2010 and 49 from the Officers’ Candidate Course ‘Kasidlakan’ Class 35-2010 — were in attendance.

In his speech, the Army chief congratulated the new officers as they become full-fledged members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as he imparted his words of wisdom.

“Strive to fulfill the expectations and standards of the institution. Continue learning and re-learning the rudiments of military leadership. Share your lives with your men and allow them to share their concerns with you,” Mapagu told the junior officers.

He also warned them that actual operations have no rooms for mistakes and second chances, that is why they always have to be at their best physically, mentally and emotionally.

The Army chief reminded the young officers, who will be receiving their field assignments in the next few days, of the Army’s two priorities as the May 2010 election is fast approaching — the advocacy for credible elections and fulfilling the ISO deadlines.

“We must remain non-partisan and assure the public of safe elections. Refrain from electioneering. Let us pledge our whole-hearted commitment to peaceful and honest elections. Let this be our covenant to the Filipino people,” he said.

“We must never run out of focus and determination. We can do it collectively as Team Army… Teamwork is paramount,” the Army chief emphasized.

Mapagu also reminded the young officers to do their jobs well. “Concentrate on your duties. Your duty is your utmost priority," he stressed.

PMA ‘Masidlak’ (Mandirigmang Sibol ng Dakilang Lahing Kayumanggi) Class of 2010 graduated last Feb. 23. Out of 226 graduates, 122 joined the Army. The 49 graduates of OCC ‘Kasidlakan’ Class 35-2010 comprised of 45 males and four females.

Also in attendance during the ceremony were former AFP chief of staff Gen. Victor S. Ibrado and other general staff officers. (PNA) scs/VR

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