Press Release
November 13, 2019

Transcript of Sen. Grace Poe's Sponsorship Speech
on the confirmation of Gen. Noel Clement as AFP Chief of Staff

Mr. President, fellow colleagues: it is my privilege to endorse the appointment of one of the AFP's best.

Here is a steady achiever who excelled at all levels of his military career; a true officer who is well liked by his seniors, peers, and juniors; and a fair leader who took care of his men the same way they took care of their missions.

Very few Chiefs of Staff are as well loved and respected as the nominee. His genuine concern and support for the welfare and career growth of his men shows in the loyalty pledged to him.

The nominee's quiet and pleasant demeanor speaks volumes. His appointment gives us a seasoned officer with an impressive track record in both field and management positions.

On a lighter note, I had the opportunity to visit the Visayas central command and General Clement was very gracious to us; and I saw how organized he is, together with his officers. Not only that, even the way they presented the very simple merienda for all of us indicates that not only is he a brave soldier but he can also run an organization well, all the way to how they entertain their guests.

Gen. Noel Clement is proof that it is indeed quality leadership and not length of command that is the true measure of success as the AFP Chief of Staff. To command is to serve. And his outstanding years of service showed us exactly this. Our only regret, perhaps, is that he will serve too short a time as AFP Chief. Thank you, Mr. President.

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