Gonzales seeks more active AFP role in polls

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of National Defense (DND) is working on an agreement with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that will provide the military a more active role in the 2010 elections.

Acting Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales said the new memorandum of agreement (MOA) would allow the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to meet the challenge “head on” instead of “shying away” from its responsibility during elections.

“We will show that the AFP is the true protector of democracy and our people’s will. We will prove the detractors of our soldiers wrong,” Gonzales said in a statement.

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