Full military honors for Duterte at the AFP change of command rites

President Rodrigo R. Duterte will oversee the turnover ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the General Headquarters grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City today.

Accompanied by Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Acting Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda, Duterte will be given arrival honors by the Philippine Military Academy cadets complete with a 21-gun Salute.

Among the activities lined up for the event are the presentation of command and honors, inspection of the troops, honors to the nation, as well as the reading of relief and designation orders by AFP Adjutant General BGen. Reuel Sorilla.

During his campaign, President Duterte proposed the use of the military and the Philippine National Police in the war against drugs and criminality. Duterte is also firm on his stand that he does not want to unnecessarily sacrifice the nation’s soldiers by fighting wars that we cannot win like in the case of foreign invasion or the current row in the West Philippine Sea.

Duterte is also in favor of holding peace talks with the New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The President is expected to affirm his stand on AFP modernization and other matters of sovereignty and national defense, as a commitment to protect the country and its jurisdiction.