AFP to acquire helicopters, trucks

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Thursday the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters for its navy from AugustaWestland SPA of Italy amounting to 1.33 billion pesos ($32 million).

He says Kia Motors Corp. will supply 60 field ambulances and 12 trucks all worth 300.78 million ($7.33 million) pesos.

Gazmin says the purchases show the country’s “louder and clearer” intent to modernize its military.

The Philippine military is fighting a decades-long communist insurgency and battling Islamic militants while facing increasing tension over territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea.

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  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Sir Romy, mawalang galang na po, P775 milyong pesos lang po hindi bilyon ang katumbas ng $6.3 M x 3 = US$18.9M x P41.00.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Ano nanaman ang papogi ni Pnoy,nung una napaniwala pa ako pero ngayon puro dakdak walang nagagawa puro simula walang natatapos, Sana huwag na silang mag salita gawin na lang nila….

  • disqusted0fu

    the government is about to acquire some new toys for the AFP and the president! if only these vehicles will be used for the right purposes then it would be a bit helpful. its still not enough though, and they still havent been bought. all bark but no bite

  • fukchina

     itigil na sana natin ang CRAB MENTALITY i guess its about time to give our government the benefit of the doubt. we are not talking about internal insurgency here. it’s about sovereignty, pride and the love for our country. me my self though have lost my confidence with our government but this time i’d be holding them to their word. but either way, weather they will do what they say will do, i will still be doing my part as a patriot as I am and do what needs to be done. i’d be more than willing to take arms if it needs to. F*ck YOU ALL CHINA MAN! COUNT ME IN EN I WONT CHARGE A DIME!

  • fukchina

     itigil na sana natin ang CRAB MENTALITY i guess its about time to give
    our government the benefit of the doubt. we are not talking about
    internal insurgency here. it’s about sovereignty, pride and the love for
    our country. me my self though have lost my confidence with our
    government but this time i’d be holding them to their word. but either
    way, weather they will do what they say will do, i will still be doing
    my part as a patriot as I am and do what needs to be done. i’d be more
    than willing to take arms if it needs to. F*ck YOU ALL CHINA MAN! COUNT
    ME IN EN I WONT CHARGE A DIME!

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.p.miel Richard Paraiso Miel

      tama ka kabayan tsaka wag na tayo bumili ng gawang china mga gagong intsek!

  • PureBloodedPinoy247

    Ang babagal kasi ng metro ng mga utak ng mga mambobotas natin eh. Itong mga Senatong/Tngressmen, eh magagaling lang iyan sa mga papogi points. Kailangan nasa harapan sila ng mga nankumpiskang kalakal maski hindi sila ang mga kasama sa raid. Tang ina ninyo magbago na kayo. Kung itong kaso sa China at Sabah ay inihain na agad sa UN para magawan na kalutasan eh kahit paano may proteksyon tayo sa UN/Security Council. Inutil talaga mga kawatan nating mga mambobotas. Magaling sa mga porma at inot inot na ayuda, hayun ang China, iniismiran lang tayo, tingin sa atin parang iyaking bata/tuta.  It will take time, money and efffort para tayo magkaroon ng maayos ayos na sandatahan.  At maski na dumating na tayo sa estado na may pang depensa na tayo eh, hindi parin tayo uubra sa pwersa ng China. Alalahanin ninyo sa pwersa na lang ng tao lang nila eh bilyon bilyon na sila. Pinalayas natin ang US bases, ngayon tayo ay naka “NGANGA” at sabi nga ng teen-ager kong kapitbahay, ASA ka pa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    From 6.5m now 10.3m hele. tanog lang po anu ano ang gadget bakit mahal?

  • joboni96

    bakit ba nagsasayang ng p300 milyones
    para sa ambulansya at truck

    ang dami niyan sa mga lgu’s at
    sa sweepstakes office

    coordination lang
    mas mura

    sa truck naman
    ang daming surplus
    galing sa japan, sokor etc
    laking mas mura

    focus on defensive weapons
    na walang wala tayo

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    Notice all these publicity of government acquisitions are in the future tense.  Same with military equipment — all in the future and that future never seems to come!

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