General Catapang: AFP has bigger wars, support modernization

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang told Jessica Soho on GMA News TV’s State of the Nation that the military has greater wars to go to and the armed forces has no time for Coup d’état or to join politics.

“In the 21st century we will be faced by global problems, global terrorism, global climate change, global maritime concern, and then global transnational crime,” General Catapang explained.

The AFP Chief of Staff added that our military will be having a minimum defense posture. In boxing, our military, even though a bantam weight will not be knocked out immediately by a heavy weight and can survive at least the first round, Catapang explained.

In the said interview, Catapang asked for continued support for the AFP modernization program. He asked for supplemental budget from the executive branch through legislation after DAP was declared partially unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Catapang also envisions military camps to be upgraded as part of military upgrading.

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