We write in reference to the article published in The Standard on 19 May 2016, entitled “Defense chief seeks meeting with Duterte,” written by Mr. Florante S. Solmerin.
We would like to clarify that Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin has no intention, nor reason, to seek a meeting with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City. Indeed, we are confident that with the work we have done under the leadership of Secretary Gazmin for the past six years, the defense department is capable, more than ever, to continue serving the Filipino people under the new administration.
Allegations against Secretary Gazmin have been refuted time and again, and have been proven to be mere malicious insinuations meant to discredit the reputation of the Secretary and the DND.
We would like to assure the public that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a professional institution that follows strict guidelines and processes, and Secretary Gazmin does not meddle in AFP affairs beyond his capacity as the Defense Secretary.
DIR. PETER PAUL REUBEN G. GALVEZ, MNSA, CESO III
Department of National Defense