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CONGRATULATIONS TO NARSING ABAYA!!

PICTORIAL ON NARSING ABAYA'S ASSUMPTION AS CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES - APRIL 8, 2003 (Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City) 

Narsing Abaya taking his oath of office with his family on 08 April 2003

Narsing with the Matatag Cheering Squad

Narsing with the Matatag Ladies

By Doy Francisco

Finally, Narsing broke the ping pong successions of 69's and 70's to reach the boyhood dream of every alumnus: To be Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  President Arroyo promoted him to General (4 stars) on the same day. 

Akala ko, masisilat pa considering what happened to another Matatag, Aris, to the FOIC position in the Navy. Di bale, Aris, we'll see what will happen come May 2004. 

There were about 20 members of Barangay 71 and their ladies who attended to show solid support for Narsing and Susan.

In his acceptance speech, Narsing emphasized on transparency of the AFP transactions and on pushing more logistics, particularly healthcare support to the field. He also emphasized the training and education of the soldier to prepare his mind, body, and heart for the difficult tasks that lie ahead. To him, substance and not form is important. He said that his management would focus more on what will benefit the individual soldier the most and not cater to the interests of a particular class or sectoral group. So Matatags, if you have business interests in the AFP, take note!

Si Narsing pala, like some of his predecessors, is a schoolteacher son. Among the high achiever Matatags, there are also sons of schoolteachers.  I know Egay Aglipay and Romy Dominguez are.

There were so many visitors, both officers and enlisted who attended. The grandstand was overflowing with people.  It looks like Narsing can walk with kings and yet maintain the common touch.  Another presidentiable Matatag? Maybe after Ping's term. We can dream and why not? 

Good luck, Narsing! If you need our services, we're just around the corner.
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