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President Duterte attends ISAFP Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum


DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte attended the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter of 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum at the Grand Regal Hotel here on Saturday, April 7.

President Duterte lauded the intelligence service and senior enlisted leaders for their efforts in defending and protecting national security.

“Our fight for a peaceful, stable and secure Philippines rests greatly on the two pillars of the AFP gathered here today: the ISAFP, which heads the intelligence efforts of the AFP, and the Sergeants Majors, which collectively provide steady operational leadership to the entire non-commissioned corps of the AFP,” Duterte said in his speech.

He underscored the importance of the military intelligence group’s crucial task in securing the country and commended them for their achievements in fighting terrorism and other enemies of the state.

“I could not stress enough the importance of timely, accurate and useful intelligence in securing the country and protecting our people from all enemies of the state,” he said.

“The government credits the successful apprehension and neutralization of several high-value communist and Islamic terrorists to your effective intelligence operations,” he added.

The Chief Executive then asked them to remain steadfast and committed to their duties and further improve intelligence operations as the country continues to face terrorism and insurgency.

“May you further improve your intelligence and counterintelligence operations, and continue to work closely with other intelligence units and concerned stakeholders in the crucial tasks of gathering and processing intelligence information,” said Duterte.

“As we consolidate our gains in this time of rapid progress and growing strength, I count on the ISAFP and our Sergeant Majors to propel our country towards real and lasting peace,” he added.

“With you by our side, our dream of a truly strong Philippines will be achieved in the next few years,” he further said.

Duterte likewise assured them of the administration’s full support to the military.

“Rest assured that the government remains steadfast in looking after your welfare and in modernizing the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said. PND