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 →

PH asks US for radars, patrol boats, aircraft

WASHINGTON – The Philippines said Wednesday it has asked the United States to supply its armed forces with patrol boats and aircraft as well as radar systems amid an escalating territorial dispute with China. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the hardware would help his country achieve a “minimum credible defense,” a phrase he […] Continue reading →

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 →