CdeO solon okays P310-B for DND, repeats call to assert PH rights over west PH sea
The lawmaker began his interpellation stating that, “The Constitution declares that the primary duty of the government of the Republic of the Philippines is to protect its national territory.”
Faustino responded that the department shall defend our territory and that they would continue to “sustain their efforts to improve their defense capabilities and strengthen defense cooperation” to preserve the country's sovereignty and sovereign rights.
Rodriguez also requested and insisted that Camp Evangelista of the 4th ID in Patag, CdeO should not be transferred to another province which Sec. Faustino also committed.
The Mindanao lawmaker also questioned the DND on its recovery strategy for the P2.1 billion or $38 million advanced to the Russian government for the purchase of helicopters which our government has canceled. The secretary responded that they are “exercising due diligence in formalizing the termination contracts, as well as diplomatic dialogues with the Russian government arising from the project cancellation.”
During the hearing, Sec. Faustino likewise manifested his gratitude to Rep. Rodriguez for his morale-boosting support by giving cash assistance to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets from Cagayan de Oro City. (PR)