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AFP: UN RP contingents’ accomplishments the issue, not aging equipment By Mario J. Mallari 02/15/2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

AFP: UN RP contingents’ accomplishments the issue, not aging equipment

By Mario J. Mallari 02/15/2011

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday maintained that despite “aging” equipment being deployed with its peacekeeping troops to United Nations missions in various parts of the world, Filipino contingents have performed very well and above expectations.

AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., however, downplayed Tribune reports of sending dilapidated AFP equipment to UN missions abroad but admitted that AFP equipment could be “aging.”

“That is the real state of the AFP, but that is not the issue here, the real issue is that — are we capable of attaining the mission? Have we accomplished the missions? Did we perform credibly in the tasks given by the UN? Looking at our records, we did perform very well,” declared Mabanta.

On Monday, The Tribune reported a Commission on Audit (CoA) report in 2009 citing the AFP Peacekeeping Operations Center’s (AFPPKOC), based in Capas, Tarlac, description of equipment deployed with AFP.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110215hed3.html

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