Arroyo vows ‘smooth transition to new gov’t’
Posted by akosistella on March 10, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is “deeply committed to smooth transition to a new government” and is counting on the Armed Forces of the Philippines “to help us prove that our democracy works for the future of our nation’s children.”Arroyo made this assurance Wednesday at the formal turnover ceremony of the AFP where newly appointed chief Lieutenant General Delfin Bangit took over from General Victor Ibrado who retired today.”We remain deeply committed to smooth transition to a new government,” Arroyo said in her speech, maintaining that she made the right decision in choosing Bangit.
“We can count on the AFP to help us prove that our democracy works for the future of our nation’s children,” she said.
Arroyo also said that there should a concrete plan to attain development.
“We can’t put food on the table with just hope. We need detailed plan of action… and turn them into tangible results,” Arroyo said.
New AFP Chief: No illegal orders from the President
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Lieutenant General Delfin Bangit, the newly appointed military chief, said Wednesday that he has not received “illegal orders” from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and vowed that he would not allow himself to be used for partisan politics.
“I have not received illegal orders from the President. I am sorry if that is not what you wanted to hear,” said Bangit in his speech during the formal turnover of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo.