MANILA – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., urged all military personnel to always walk the honorable path of service.
This, as the entire AFP observed its renewal of oath to the AFP Code of Ethics during the flag-raising ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Monday.
Galvez spearheaded the event where officers and enlisted men from the different services renewed their pledge to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Military Personnel in the AFP which reminds all soldiers to obey the chain-of-command and follow the core values and traditions of valor, duty, honor, solidarity, and loyalty to the Constitution.
“Today, as we render honors to the flag, we also join the rest of the nation in observing the Code of Ethics Day,” Galvez said in a statement.
He also reminded troops not to advance their personal interest and instead always focus on the betterment of the organization and always fulfill its mandate of serving the state.
“The Code of Ethics veers us away from temptation by leading us to an honorable path of service. It sets the ethical standards for us officers and enlisted personnel and civilian employees to do our job,” he added.
Galvez also emphasized that corruption has no place in the AFP.
“Corruption is one of the major menace in our society, it undermines good governance, extort decent service, and corrodes the core of the organization,” he added.
“These corrupt, irresponsible, and incompetent people certainly have no place in the Armed Forces, and we will make sure that they will pay for what they have done in our organization. We do not tolerate misconduct,” he said.
He also assured the public that the culprits behind the V. Luna Hospital issue will face the consequences of their actions.
“In all other cases, we assure that all erring personnel will be thoroughly investigated and be subjected to the AFP Court Martial. We will do this to preserve the integrity of our service,” he added.
Galvez also reminded all military personnel to always be guided by the Code of Ethics, morals and the inner conscience of doing what is good and what is right. (Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)