Armed Forces of the Philippines Celebrates Its 67 Years of Defending the nation.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) traces its origin to the Tejeros Convention in 1897, when the revolutionary government of General Emilio F. Aguinaldo created the Philippine Army under Captain General Artemio Ricarte.

This Army was the offshoot of the Revolutionary Forces, which took arms against the Spanish Government from August 30, 1896, up to December 10, 1898, when the Treaty of Paris was entered into by the United States of America and Spain. The same Army engaged the Americans during the hostilities between the Philippines and the United States which began on the night of February 4, 1899, and lasted up to September 23, 1903, when the last of the Filipino generals, General Simeon Ola, surrendered to the Americans.

After the Filipino-American war, the National Defense Act of 1935 (Commonwealth Act 1) created the Philippine Army, with an Off-shore Patrol and Army Air Corps as major components. Since then, the Armed Forces of the Philippines has stood proud as the Philippine's guardian of democracy. It strives to maintain the freedom the country is currently enjoying and nurtures an environment where its people's well-being is maintained and protected by the government.

The AFP has continued to work for freedom and unity, freedom from the threats that have stirred division and chaos in the country, including Communist, secessionists, and other threats. …