Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Ricardo R. Visaya visited the Palawan-based Western Command (WESCOM) Wednesday, October 5. WESCOM said the visit aims to boost the morale and welfare of the troops and to lay-down guidance for the accomplishment of the mission of the government and AFP as a whole.
He was rendered with foyer Honors which was attended by the Commanders of the Units, officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Command. It was then followed by an executive session with WESCOM Commander Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S. Mercado.
During the “Talk to Men’, he delivered the guidance of Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo R. Duterte which are: the crush of Abu Sayyaf which was the reason for realignment of some of the forces and military assets in Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM); to assist the PNP and PDEA in their anti-illegal drug campaign; and the government is supporting peace negotiation with the communist leaders.
“In support to the anti-illegal drug campaign of the government, the AFP constantly undergo random drug testing to different commands and units of the Armed Forces to determine those military personnel who are using illegal drugs,” General Visaya said. “Compared to other government agencies, few were only discharged in their service due to the positive result in drug test.”
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