AFP hopes to recruit 20,000 soldiers in 3 years

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will recruit more soldiers to enhance its counter-terrorism activities.

In an interview on ANC's Headstart, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said, the military aims to hire 20,000 troops in three-years.

"We're training new soldiers. We're also expanding our units...We have a lot of catching up to do...[to replace] those who are retiring," he said.

Despite a steady increase in the country's population, there has been no increase in the number of soldiers over a long period.

The planned increase in the AFP's manpower will require a supplemental budget of P7 to 10 billion, Bautista said.

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