BRP Del Pilar not being repaired, just maintenance procedure—Navy spokesman

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The BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF15) AFP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Amid the tension between China and Philippines over the disputed waters of Scarborough Shoal, the Philippine Navy on Tuesday denied reports that the country’s warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar is undergoing repair but clarified that it underwent preventive maintenance schedule.

“It’s a regular procedure to prevent the ship from derangements. It is done to all Navy assets to prevent derangements from occurring, kasi ang alam ko sa Navy…they have to explain pagka nagkasira yung barko mo, sumadsad ka (from what I know of the Navy, they have to explain if there are malfunctions), it is very strict in the Navy,” Navy spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Omar Tonsay told reporters in a phone interview.

He added the maintenance procedure occured last week at sea, but did not reveal the location as per operational security reasons.

There were also no reported derangements to Del Pilar, although the maintenance was needed to prevent derangements, according to Tonsay.

He also could not say if it was the first time that BRP del Pilar underwent preventive maintenance schedule since it was acquired, but said that it was a “regular procedure” for all Navy assets.

He also disputed reports that the 76mm Oto Melara main gun of the 47-year-old ship is undergoing repair.

“The BRP del Pilar is operationally ready,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Department of National Defense is buying P247.5 million worth of fuel and lubricants for BRP del Pilar that will be funded through the General Appropriations Act and Quick Response Fund.

The pre-bid conference is open to all interested parties, with a payment of a P50,000 bidding fee on May 17 at the Department of National Defense Conference Room.

The formal bid opening will be on May 29.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from the DND Bids and Awards Committee, the DND said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lino.parone Lino Gilbert K. Parone

    There is only one way of deterring China from making assertive actions against our country on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea – the Philippines should invest in small, fast attack submarines.  Submarines take advantage of being stealthy when underwater for long periods of time. China may have destroyers (the natural defense against submarines) but they are not an assurance that submarines can be detected and destroyed.  With lots of coves and secluded bays, we have an abundance of potential secret bases for these vessels. One single torpedo finding its target in the belly of China’s Navy will cause much damage.  The potential of having this weapon in your arsenal will make China think twice before engaging our Navy beyond what is necessary and foolish.

    • rodulio

      Sorry that will not work. The Philippine government doesn’t have the money to spend on a $3 Billion project…

    • rodulio

      China has more than 50 submarines…sorry.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Can we get high end ships instead? 

    • rodulio

      Sorry the Philippines don’t have $2 Billion to buy 1 destroyer..let alone to maintain and buy the armanents involved in maintaining the ship. 

  • rodulio

    This cutter is 45 years old. It didn’t really help with the modernization of the AFP of the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPGLAYFLIRUSI2NAEG3Q5E6PGU R

    Sec. Gasmin, please explain why the fuel and lubricants of the ship is now budgeted at P247.5 Million for just one year.

    P247.5 Million is more than double the estimate of P120 Million operational (fuel and lubricants included) cost FOR TWO YEARS. The estimate was done only last year….late last year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_323D4D7IVVS4PHYLRF6J662D7U scot

    Just wait for the 3rd one that coming from Italy 

  • bahog_itlog

    What do you expect from a 47-year old ship. This ship won’t last long due to her age.

  • jopal

    im not againstthe maintenance of the ship  kasi dapat talaga meron yon  luma man o bago merong maintanance kahit na anong klaseng sasakyan kahit na jeep bike  etc. PERO ANG MALAKING TANONG GANOON BA TALAGA KALAKI ANG  FUEL PARA SA GASTOSING NG BRP G. DEL PILAR IPAKITA NINYO SA ATO KUNG PAPA ANO NINYO ITO LULUSTAYING  V. GAZMIN TINGNAN MONG MABUTI SA RANK ANG FIEL MO  BAKA MERON NG PUMALIT KAY GEN GARCIA (ANG MAGITING NA MAGNANAKAW SA AFP NA HANGGANG NGAYON KINAKAIN PA RIN NG PAMILYA ANG MGA NINAKAW NIYA PPPUUUU………….TANG   NA  NIYA)  KAKIHAN MO ANG MATA MO AT ANG INTELIGENCE MO SIR 101%  MERON NA NAMANG KURAKOT DIYAN DIYAN KUMIKILOS ANG MGA MAGNANAKAW SA PAGBILING SUPPLY AT MAINTEANACE 4 MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION LANG GAGAMITIN NG MGA  KUPAL NA YAN ANG  ADDITION + MULTIPLICATION x  SUBTRACTION –  AT DIVISION YAN ANG HULI KUNG PAPANO NILA HAHATIIN ANG  NAKAW NA PERA GALING SA TAO AT PAGKATAPOS NIYAN  TAWANAN  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA  DAPAT TAWAGIN DIYANS SI HEIDI  MENDOZA  YNG NAGBULGAR NG NAKAWAN SA  AFP  ALAM NIYA KUNG PAPA ANO I HUKUS PUKUS NG MGA  KUPAL SA AFP ANG TAKBO NG PAPELES PARA MAKALUSUT ANG KANILANG NAKAW …………………………………………………MGA KABABAYAN  IMULAT NINYONG LAHAT ANG INYONG MGA MATA   MAGPADALA KAYO NG MGA  TAO SA   DND  BIDS AND AWARDS KUMITTE  KUNWARING  SASALI SA BIDDING  O BASTA GAWIN NATIN ANG LAHAT NG MAKAKAYA  O SIGURADO AKO MERON RIN MGA TAO SA LOOB NG AFP NA MAKAKAPAG BIGAY  NG INFO  PARA SA ATING     MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS   MAMATAY LAHAT NG MAGNANAKAW…………………..PWE

  • PHtaxpayer

    Wow, P250M just for gas and lubricants!  It’s a pretty big ship from PH Navy standards.  I think one full-tank will cost and least P5M so that budget is only for about 50 missions or about 2-3 years, maybe less.  

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