PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday officiated the turnover ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the General Headquarters grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
During the event, AFP chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda conceded to Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya, who was picked by the President after he won a landslide victory in the May 9 polls.
Miranda said that he will leave the military force with mission accomplished. He was also confident that Visaya is capable to lead the AFP.
"He is just but fitting for the job," Miranda said, referring to Visaya.
In his inaugural speech, Visaya expressed his "deepest gratitude" to the President for his trust in his ability.
Visaya promised to coordinate with the Philippine National Police and be one with it in its intensified efforts against terrorism, drugs and criminalities.
"We intensify our support to law enforcement agencies in their mission to eliminate widespread criminality and the wanton destruction of lives brought about by the spread and use of illegal drugs," he said.
He also guaranteed to embark on a "people-centered" approach by involving even various rebel factions to reach its goal towards nation building.
The AFP, Visaya said, will also support the expanded peace process with rebel groups.
Visaya, however, said military operations against terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf Group and all its allied terrorist cells will continue.
"We will continue to apply the full force of the law 24/7 to go after these criminals and profit-seeking elements who operate under the guise of religious fervor and holy war," he said.
On matters of territorial defense, Visaya said the AFP will abide by the political, legal and democratic processes to settle the issue.
The turnover rites was also joined by Vice President Leni Robredo and former president Fidel Ramos. (Sunnex)