AFP commended for poll conduct
Manila Bulletin - Sunday, May 16
Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales extolled the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for doing a very good job in the May 10 automated elections.
''I can't thank you enough for performing such a good job
,'' said Gonzales, as he lauded the efforts of the men and women in uniform for ''making the last election worthy of our democracy
''I don't know if the nation will see this in the future. But this much will say as your Secretary of National Defense, that the Armed Forces of the Philippines have done the best that this nation deserve when it comes to this particular aspect of our democracy
,'' said Gonzales, adding: ''You have made the last election worthy of our democracy
''As a citizen of this nation, I would say thank you to the Armed Forces of the Philippines
,'' he further stated.
Gonzales noted that the recent election, conducted amid fears of poll failure, was ''like a bit of a typhoon that we have to prepare for.''
''The whole nation had to put all their brains and hearts together just to keep this election go in a manner that would be respected by the rest of the nation and the world,'' he pointed out.
''I'm very sad to think that it has to take the lives of some of our soldiers to make this election fair and conducted in a manner that is deserved by our people,'' Gonzales said. According to the military, 20 soldiers were killed while 19 were wounded in the performance of their duties during the election period.http://ph.news.yahoo.com/mb/20100516/tph-afp-commended-for-poll-conduct-020e1c8.html