British arms industry sets sights on AFP modernization

MANILA – The British arms industry wants to supply the Philippines’ Department of National Defense (DND) with state-of-the-art weaponry. UK Ambassador Stephen Lillie told reporters on Monday night that two British business delegations are in town to explore trade opportunities here. An eight-person delegation active in the aid-funded business sector will meet with the Manila-based […] Continue reading →

DND to purchase P1.7-B worth of body armors

MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) will procure P1.76 billion worth of force protection equipment or body armors to minimize casualties of those in the battlefields. DND assistant secretary for personnel and concurrent DND-Bids and Awards Committee chairman Efren Fernandez said the 44,080 sets of body armors will be for the use of […] Continue reading →

As it discusses China with Japan, Philippines wants to rearm battleships with missiles

MANILA, Philippines – Amid Philippine concerns over “aggressive” Chinese claims over parts of the contested West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday announced that the country would discuss the matter with Japan, which has its own territorial disputes with China. Aside from talking with Japan Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida about the […] Continue reading →

Japan, Philippines to discuss Coast Guard ships

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will discuss Manila’s request for 10 Coast Guard ships from Tokyo. The 2 officials are scheduled to meet Wednesday. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) officially made the request for the multi-role response vessels (RRV) from Japan through […] Continue reading →

DND Beefing Up Navy With New Choppers

MANILA, Philippines — Recognizing the need for additional naval and air platform to secure the country’s vast maritime territory, the Department of National Defense (DND) plans to acquire two more AW 109 Power helicopters for the Philippine Navy. This will be in addition to the three naval choppers expected to be delivered by 2014. The […] Continue reading →

6 more countries offer to sell warships to Philippines – DND

MANILA – At least six foreign countries are offering frigates to the Philippines after the Department of National Defense (DND) expressed interest in purchasing at least two more warships to boost territorial defense amid the dispute at West Philippine Sea. Fernando Manalo, Defense Undersecretary for finance, munitions, installations and materiel, disclosed that aside from Italy, countries that are offering their […] Continue reading →

PHL looking to 6 countries for new frigates

At least six countries are now competing for a contract to supply the Philippine armed forces with two frigates, which would significantly bolster the country’s maritime defense capability. Defense undersecretary for finance, munitions, installations and materiel Fernando Manalo said that five countries – South Korea, US, Israel, Croatia and Australia – had made their own […] Continue reading →