The Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) headed by Ret. Col. Bonifacio G. De Gracia on Sunday declared its full support of President Duterte’s decision to place Mindanao under Martial Law.

This was part of his statement on Sunday in the recently concluded National Presidents’ Convention (CY-2017) participated in by the country’s veterans’ leaders from Regions 1 to 13, including Cordillera Administrative Region, NCR, Charter, and Affiliate Organizations of the government-owned and -controlled corporation.

De Gracia, speaking before veterans’ presidents, said that the President “(He) may not have been here physically, but we can greatly feel his presence and concerns about veterans. Through the power vested in him by the people, as head of the state, he has pushed for the expedition of AFP Retirees’ pension. And as of late, his decision to declare Mindanao under Martial Law is one of the best decisions ever for the welfare of the people.”

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana was the guest of honor and speaker of the event hosted by the VFP which was also participated in by World War II veterans and their descendants.

The Secretary also quoted former President Carlos P. Garcia’s words spoken during the organization’s first ever National Convention in 1958 when he said, “Obstacles can never be overcome if the various organizations continue to exist serving their own individual ends and working, more often than not, at cross purposes.”

Part of Secretary Lorenzana’s message before the country’s veterans were, “VFP has its set of ups and downs, but it is the truth and unity that save you from all the trials such as the criminal case filed against the VFP that was formally dismissed by the Ombudsman last January 2016.”

He added that, “At the end, it is the truth and your genuine service to the veterans that prevailed.”

The Presidents’ Convention is a gathering of all presidents of the umbrella organization of the VFP which was chartered under Republic Act 2640 on June 18, 1960.