36 AFP modernization projects completed under Aquino, says Gazmin

MANILA, Philippines—A total of 36 modernization projects worth P41.2 billion have been so far completed and awarded under the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III as part of the military’s modernization upgrade. “We are steadily addressing our Armed Forces’ capability upgrade. Our bids and awards committees at the DND are doing their best to fast-track […] Continue reading →

Gazmin says AFP modernization to gain more momentum

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will continue until the country has sufficient capability to patrol and secure the national territory. He said further acquisitions will consist of modern air and naval assets that would give the AFP the capability […] Continue reading →

3 brand-new naval choppers commissioned to AFP service

MANILA, Philippines- Three brand-new naval helicopters seen to boost the country’s military patrol and territorial defense were commissioned to military service on Thursday. Blessing and commissioning rites were held at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Thanksgiving Day at Camp Aguinaldo, with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin as guest of honor. It was also attended by AFP […] Continue reading →

Malampaya TRO seen to affect AFP modernization program

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order on the release of funds from the Malampaya natural gas project will affect the military’s modernization program, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said. “It will affect the modernization because we get funds from there, such as [the funds for] the maintenance for our two cutters,” he told […] Continue reading →

PNoy assures soldiers: AFP modernization still a priority

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday assured the country’s soldiers that the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) remains one of his administration’s priorities. “Hindi pa rin po nagbabago ang posisyon ko ukol dito: Sang-ayon ako sa malawakang modernisasyon ng kasundaluhan,” Aquino said in his speech during the 24th National Convention of […] Continue reading →

AFP air upgrade hits snag: ‘Lo-bat’

One of the eight newly acquired W-3 Sokol helicopters that was to have flown Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to the 66th anniversary celebrations of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) at Clark Air Base in Pampanga on Monday has remained grounded at Camp Aguinaldo, hobbled by a weak battery. “It is undergoing maintenance in place,” said […] Continue reading →