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Poe: PH to benefit from women military leaders

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The rise of female leaders in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has paved the way for a new “era of feminine values” which will ultimately redound to the benefit of the nation.

Senator Grace Poe made the remark on Wednesday after the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed the appointment of Luzviminda Camacho as Philippine Navy commodore.

Camacho made history when she became the first Filipina to be designated PN commodore. Poe said, “Clearly, hers is a story of pure grit. Ang kanyang tagumpay ay tagumpay nating lahat.”

“For the first time in the history of the Navy, and we certainly hope that this instance won’t be the last, it has opened its doors to its first female Commodore,” Poe said when she sponsored Camacho’s appointment.

More than the grant of this title, Camacho’s appointment signified bigger and better things to come for the AFP, the senator said.

“Putting the right leaders at its helm is only the start of better capacitating our Navy in these uncertain times. I have no doubt that we are nearer to this goal with the appointment of Commodore Camacho,” Poe said.

“But this title we are bestowing upon her today pales in comparison with the rest of Camacho’s achievements including being the first woman to command a Navy ship and the first female commander of Philippine peacekeepers deployed to the United Nations,” she said.

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