Former National Security Adviser Jose T Almonte delivered the special lecture which is part of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) program Regular Course (RC) 54.
Secretary Almonte said that national security is in place if the well-being of the people is the priority concern.
He further said that the most critical question when reflecting on the concept of strategic leadership is “What can we be?”.
He said that in determining “what we can be”, the Philippines must live in dignity, liberty, and peace. He emphasized that peace within the nation must correspond to peace with the rest of the world.
He identified three critical challenges to Philippine national security, namely, insurgency, inequality in the economic playing field and “politics in the country”.
Secretary Almonte served as National Security Adviser during the Ramos Administration and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) during Corazon Aquino Administration.
He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1956. He retired from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a rank of Brigadier General.
The MNSA is a one-year full-time government-funded graduate program consisting of 39 units earned through various forms of lectures, thesis writing, as well as local and international field studies.