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AFP welcomes
134 new officers

MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomed 134 newly-commissioned officers during the Joint Graduation Ceremony of Pre-Entry Courses for Officers Saturday afternoon at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., AFP spokesperson, said the new officers comprise 33 for the Philippine Army, 57 for the Air Force, and 44 for the Navy.

During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Rolando Jungco, adjutant general, read the commissionship order to the candidates, officially making them members of the regular force of the AFP.

The candidates also took their oath as commissioned officers of the AFP, followed by their induction to the Officer Candidate School Alumni Association.

Before the graduation ceremony, the candidates and their dependents attended the Baccalaureate Mass held at the St. Ignatius Cathedral inside Camp Aguinaldo.

The officer candidate schools established in the three major services train civilians and enlisted personnel who are baccalaureate degree holders to be future members of the AFP regular force.

The one-year course prepares an officer candidate with a rank of probationary second lieutenant and probationary ensign to be mentally, physically and emotionally fit to earn a commission as an officer in the Philippine Army, Air Force, and Navy.

“You carry on your shoulders the task of ensuring the rule of law not for the interest of the few but for the betterment of our people. I know that you left the private sector and joined the service, not to bask in power but to uphold the integrity but more importantly to herald hope in communities devastated by strife and misunderstanding,” Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said in his speech during the ceremony, quoting a message from President and AFP Commander-in-Chief Benigno Aquino III.

Meanwhile, AFP chief Gen. Jessie Dellosa congratulated and welcomed the new graduates.

“You've made the choice of joining the military service and now you are reaping the fruits of 48 weeks of hard labor. I express my congratulations for this very significant achievement in your life, along with the confidence that you will continue to follow the tradition of excellence and selfless service of the AFP,” he said.*PNA


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