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President Marcos wants Army to bolster cybersecurity capabilities

MANILA, Philippines — Amid “emerging threats” to the country’s stability and sovereignty, President Marcos has called on the Philippine Army to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities and keep up with rapid technological advancements.

In a speech yesterday delivered for him by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro during the 127th Philippine Army founding anniversary in Capas, Tarlac, Marcos noted that the modernization of the Army is already progressing at a “tremendous pace.”

Marcos canceled his activities yesterday after he and First Lady Liza Marcos developed flu-like symptoms, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) announced on Wednesday.

In his speech, the President cited the need for the Army to transform into a “multi-mission-ready, cross-domain and capable force,” saying its ability to counter cyber threats is of great importance.

“That is why we continue to boost our Army’s morale, efficiency and responsiveness through continuous capacity-building initiatives, rigorous training and education activities and other meritorious pursuits,” the President said.

“Given this emerging threat, I urge the Philippine Army to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities to keep up with the rapid technological advancements and help maintain the country’s security and stability,” he said.

Marcos urged the Army to adopt the lessons and best practices it gained from joint operations and interactions with other major services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and their foreign counterparts.

Among those present at the event held at the Training and Doctrine Command Headquarters at Camp O’Donnell were AFP chief of staff Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., Army chief Lt. Gen. Roy Galido, Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo, Presidential Adviser on Legislative Affairs Mark Llandro Mendoza, Presidential Adviser on Maritime Concerns Andres Centino, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda and Philippine Coast Guard commandant Admiral Ronnie Gavan.

“Our soldiers have become a reliable and calming presence amidst the loss and destruction that come in the wake of disasters and calamities,” the Chief Executive said.

He also acknowledged Galido for continuing to