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Rappler Talk: Meet the AFP’s first woman spokesperson

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Rappler Talk: Meet the AFP’s first woman spokesperson
Rappler talks to Colonel Francel Margareth Padilla about the AFP modernization, shift to external defense, and her own journey in the military

MANILA, Philippines – To start 2024, Colonel Francel Margareth Padilla made history by becoming the first woman spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its 88-year history.

Padilla, a cyber security and presidential security expert by training, is the new spokesperson for the Philippine military at a crucial time as it pivots to external defense efforts.

Rappler sits down with Padilla to talk about what awaits the AFP in 2024, the long-awaited new phase of modernization efforts, and her own journey in the military.

Bookmark this page to watch the interview on Wednesday, January 24, at 5 pm – Rappler.com

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