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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin troops the line with Air Force Chief Lieutenant General Oscar Rabena during the PAF's 64th founding anniversary held at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City. JESS YUSON/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines—The defense department is eyeing to purchase six fighter planes for the Philippine Air Force, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Friday.
In a press conference held during the 64th anniversary of the PAF, Gazmin said the procurement is part of the Department of National Defense’s medium term capability upgrade plan.
The fighter jets have the capability to conduct maritime patrol, said Air Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Miguel Ernesto Okol.

The announcement came as the Philippines and China exchange diplomati protests and verbal jabs over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Philippines accuses Chinese forces of at least nine incursions in the Manila-claimed areas in the Spratly Islands since February.
Okol said a baseline fighter jet costs between $23 to $40 million.

Seven units of F-5 were the last fighter jets the Air Force had and they were decommissioned in 2005 after being in service for 40 years.


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Tags: China , Defense , Military , Philippines , Security , South China Sea , Spratly Islands , Spratlys , West Philippine Sea

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNPMEQOJ4EZII5OZPO6R5PK4WU reynaldo i

    hehe… you are funny ASIONG, calling filipinos as idiots. You’re a filipino perhaps your ethnicity is probably chinese but still YOU ARE A FILIPINO by documents… Maybe you dont travel much, maybe you can’t afford to travel… Maybe you are not like me.  FYI mate, my friend, my fellah filipino, You can only be considered as Chinese citizen if you were documented from MAINLAND CHINA else China would not care at all… You probably need a Visa to enter mainland china… haha… stupid bloody twat!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PNPMEQOJ4EZII5OZPO6R5PK4WU reynaldo i

    read to comment I have for ya! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FR7CAQ3S5UMXNGVXCY5FBS6B5I It's Time

    try reading this article i found in international assessment and strategy center… see how the chinese envisioned the ‘invaded’ mischief reef that poses danger to our country.
    http://www.strategycenter.net/research/pubID.209/pub_detail.asp

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allan-Kobe-Ilagan/100001626110745 Allan Kobe Ilagan

    it’s about time. We really need these fighter jets to protect our airspace. Let’s go for the late block F-16 C/D models. 



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