President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Monday called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be "more agile" not just militarily but also in terms of "geopolitical negotiations."
Marcos made the remarks during the oath-taking of generals and flag officers in Malacañang, adding that the global situation had become "more and more complicated."
"We, therefore, have to be more agile in our responses not only in the military area but also in diplomacy, also in geopolitical negotiations, and in our partnerships that we foster with our friends and allies around the world," Marcos said.
Marcos said the role of the Philippine military including its commanders has certainly changed, noting the need "to continue to keep up with the times."
He said this was why the Philippine military had to know "very well how to use the tools that are given us to the best effect for the national interest."
"Not only has the situation – the geopolitical situation become more complex, even the method of warfighting has become more complex with the new technologies, with the new capabilities that have become available to us," Marcos said.
Marco said he wanted to strengthen the country's collaboration with various government agencies, allies, partners, and other stakeholders to safeguard and advance the country's national interest amid tensions and challenges.
"The AFP has never failed in that mission, and I only hope to continue to inspire to keep up the good work and keep the Philippines safe," Marcos said. —NB, GMA Integrated News