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On eve of retirement, military chief exhorts soldiers to uphold professionalism, dedication

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Outgoing Armed Forces chief of Staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay has called on soldiers to maintain their professionalism and dedication to service ahead of his mandatory retirement from the service.

The chief of staff issued the call during his farewell visit to the Navy on the eve of his retirement wherein he was welcomed by officials led by Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.

Gapay is set to officially retire on Thursday, with the retirement ceremony scheduled at 5p.m. at Camp Aguinaldo with President Duterte as the guest of honor. At least 250 people are expected to join the event.

Gapay would be succeeded by Army chief and a medal of valor awardee Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana as had been officially announced earlier by Malacañang.

“As I retire, I will retire happy, proud, and contented knowing that the Navy and the Armed Forces will be left with good leaders and good men and women with solid camaraderie,” Gapay said during his speech at the Navy.

“Continue doing your job with utmost professionalism and commitment,” he stressed.

Gapay visited the headquarters of the Philippine Fleet (PF) and the Naval Special Operations Command (NAVSOCOM) at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite City.

Sailors and marines accorded the chief of staff with fitting honors upon his arrival as a tribute and recognition of his “invaluable and selfless service rendered to the Filipino people.”

Gapay also witnessed a capability demonstration at NAVSOCOM’s Airborne Ground.

The retiring chief of staff held a dialogue with senior Navy officials led by Bacordo.

On Monday, Gapay also visited the Northern Luzon Command wherein he awarded battle streamer to its units for successfully neutralizing two guerilla fronts of the New People’s Army.

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