BGen. Benito N. Ebuen Air Base, Lapu-Lapu City
February 27, 2023

“I can say though at madali naman sigurong makita sa nakaraang ilang taon that the Armed Forces has never failed the country and the grateful Philippines knows that,” said President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. as he extended the nation’s gratitude for the service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) uniformed personnel during his visit at the Brigadier General Benito N. Ebuen Air Base (BGNEAB) in Lapu-Lapu City.

“Kasi ang ating mga sundalo, ang ating mga kawal ay nasa kampo lamang at hindi niyo nakakausap ang mga sibilyan. Ngunit kailangan niyong malaman na bawa’t isa sa kanila ay nauunawaan at nagpapasalamat sa inyo, sa inyong serbisyo, nagpapasalamat sa inyo sa inyong mga naging sakripisyo,” added the President during his talk to troops.

With the geopolitical situation that the country and the rest of the world are confronting at present, the Commander-in-Chief reminded the Armed Forces that their mission has changed and that they must adjust accordingly.

“But I know in my heart, I know that our men, our officers, our women in the military, we will always stand up, we’ll always stand up to the challenges that the Philippines faces in the best tradition of the military,” he continued.

During his visit, President Marcos Jr. also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government of Cebu and the Department of National Defense (DND) – AFP regarding the relocation and functional replication of the affected buildings/structures/facilities, including road nets, electric and water facilities of the Central Command (CENTCOM), AFP from its present location at Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu City.

Thereafter, he convened with several AFP commanders for a briefing on the recent accomplishments and other updates in the military, particularly in the Visayas Command (VISCOM).

*  *  *