AFP modernization - updates

Rappler's latest stories on AFP modernization


New Navy chief wants 'modern systems, mindsets' as new assets replace ailing ships

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:49 PM

Modernizing sailors' and marines' mindsets may be a bigger challenge than acquiring new ships and weapons, Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo says as he assumes command of the Philippine Navy

MODERN NAVY. Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command, called for a thorough modernization of the service during the change-of-command ceremony in Manila on February 3, 2020. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

FALSE: 'Not one naval vessel' bought during Ramos administration

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:15 PM

There were 3 ex-British Peacock-class patrol vessels added to the Philippine Navy's fleet during Fidel Ramos' term

Military drill showcases PH’s first amphibious assault vehicles

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The capability to launch an attack from the sea straight into land is basic and essential for militaries of coastal states, and the Philippines is now catching up with the acquisition of brand new amphibious assault vehicles

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) debuted 4 of its 8 brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during its DAGIT-PA joint drills in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21. Photo by Rox Cezar, AFP Public Affairs Office

PH Navy to get submarines, might lease HQ

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Racing to keep up with other countries' naval capabilities, the Philippines plans to acquire new warships and submarines, but it might lease its naval headquarters to help fund the asset-buying spree

NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad speaks to reporters at Naval Station Jose Andrada in Manila on August 28, 2019. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

After helicopter crash, lawmaker calls for 'genuine' AFP modernization

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

COOP-NATCCO Representative Anthony Bravo, who was involved in the recent crash of a military helicopter in Tarlac, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines must be developed in all aspects

Rep Anthony Bravo delivers a privilege speech on Monday, November 26, 2018, after the helicopter he was riding along with former House secretary general Cesar Pareja crashed at Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac on Nov 22. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH looks to Russia, China for new choppers after dispute with Canada

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The cancellation of the contract to acquire Canadian Bell-412 helicopters will delay the military's modernization program, says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

VIP TRANSPORT. Three brand new Bell choppers will be used to transport VIP guests during the APEC Summit

Duterte admin's infra spending in May highest in 6 months

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Infrastructure spending rises by 31 4 in May 2017 alone the highest since November 2016

DAY AND NIGHT. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspects the 24/7 construction of an infrastructure project along Quezon Avenue. Photo from DPWH

No more secondhand military equipment in his time, says Duterte

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he is willing to spend double the money on equipment as long as they are new Those given by Americans I don’t want them

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presided over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 1, 2017.  Joining the Joint AFP-PNP Command Conference are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año, PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapeña, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) Director General Alex Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Chief Joel Garcia, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go and other officials from various law enforcement agencies. Malacañan Photo

Duterte: PH to buy defense assets from Russia, China

Sep 14, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The Philippine leader says he wants government to government transactions on military equipment and deals with no strings attached

MILITARY'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to attend the 48th anniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing on September 13, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

What now? AFP modernization in the time of Digong Duterte

Aug 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

While it may take years even decades to catch up with the military capability of our nearest neighbors the impetus has been initiated and is now moving with its own momentum that cannot be halted abruptly

Mandatory ROTC? How about no?

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:58 PM

What we need is a better path for the socio civic involvement of the youth a path that is congruent to the challenges of the changing times


BRP Tarlac: Hindi lang pang-giyera, pang disaster pa

Jul 01, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The BRP Tarlac is the country s newest and largest military sea vessel and the current pride of the Navy

UNPARALLELED. The BRP Tarlac is the country's current biggest and newest ship (file photo). Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH vows ‘prompt, mutually beneficial’ implementation of EDCA

Jan 13, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Supreme Court ruling on EDCA opens up new opportunities to further deepen our enduring alliance with the US

PH-US 2+2. (L-R) Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Philippine Secretary of Defense Voltaire  Gazmin and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter pose for a photo opportunity before the second Philippines-US Two-plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue on January 12, 2016, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

Aquino: PH to spend $1.8B for military modernization

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:35 PM

In light of the territorial dispute with China President Aquino stresses the need to modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Philippine President Benigno Aquino (C) walks near troops during the Armed Forces of The Philippines (AFP) 78th Anniversary at the AFP headquarters in Manila on December 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

COA to defense dep’t: Go after Canadian firm that didn’t deliver

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:35 PM

Waterbury Farrel a division of Magnum Integrated Technologies Incorporated of Canada should face sanctions and pay damages according to state auditors

COA questions P24 billion worth of military procurement

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:14 PM

The audit review of 23 contracts reveals various deficiencies

IRREGULAR PROCUREMENT. The military failed to complete procurement documentation.

Chiz to admin: Stop giving PH military hand-me-down assets

Aug 18, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Department of National Defense is in charge of buying defense assets although representatives of the end users – army navy or air force – are involved throughout the bidding process

PH Navy christens 2 brand new choppers, 2 supply ships

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:31 PM

The new choppers boost the Philippine Navy s maritime surveillance capability while the ships allow easier transport of troops and cargo from one operational area to another

MARITIME SURVEILLANCE. Christening of armed Augusta Westland naval chopper. PH Navy photo

Manila to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Jul 20, 2015 - 9:44 PM

The military leases part of Subic Bay for 15 years and plans to use it as a base for new equipment that will be bought over the next few years as part of a modernization program

SUBIC PORT. The Port of Subic is one of the top performing ports in the Philippines in terms of revenue collections. A former US Navy Base the port is being groomed as an alternative port to the congested Manila harbor. Photo couresy of US Navy

Guingona seeks protection for chopper deal whistleblower

Jun 23, 2015 - 11:14 AM

The Department of Justice is evaluating if Rhodora Alvarez should be put under the Witness Protection Program

WHISTLEBLOWER. Former BIR employee Rhodora Alvarez gives a detailed narration of alleged corruption in the procurement of military assets. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Brand new plane boosts Air Force typhoon relief capacity

Apr 02, 2015 - 5:30 PM

The brand new C295 of the Philippine Air Force is ready for deployment

OPEN RAMP DOOR: C295 allows easier loading and unloading because of the rear ramp door

DND moves to terminate controversial chopper deal

Mar 26, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The defense department has sent a notice to the foreign suppliers for their failure complete the delivery of the 21 choppers on time

FAILED BIDDING: Third bidding for 21 refurbished Huey helicopters failed. Photo from Philippine Air Force

JV Ejercito seeks probe into DND's P1.2-B chopper deal

Mar 16, 2015 - 9:22 PM

A resolution is filed to look into reports that the contract for the procurement of refurbished Huey helicopters was tailor fitted for a favored bidder

FAILED BIDDING: Third bidding for 21 refurbished Huey helicopters failed. Photo from Philippine Air Force

Australia's gift to PH Navy: 2 supply ships

Jan 29, 2015 - 5:10 PM

Former Royal Australian Navy vessels HMAS Tarakan and Brunei will help improve the Philippines humanitarian assistance and relief operations in the aftermath of natural disasters

GIFTS: File photo of former Royal Australians Navy's Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan depart Cairns Harbour in formation. Photo from the web site of the Australian Navy

New buzz words, targets: P600B for AFP modernization

Jan 10, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Defense officials want everyone to drop the buzz phrase minimum credible deterrence and instead use credible deterrence as the motivation for the AFP s modernization

PATROLS: Philippine Navy's illustration of the brand new frigates it plans to acquire

4 brand new choppers for PH navy, air force arrive

Jan 07, 2015 - 3:07 PM

The choppers are now being assembled and will be flown to Clark later in January for the acceptance evaluation

BRAND NEW CHOPPERS: File photo of the wife of defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin performing the ceremonial pouring of the champagne. Photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines

The shopping list: Status of PH military's modernization

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:36 PM

2015 is the year of the Philippine Air Force Fighter jets for the West Philippine Sea defense and more air assets are to be delivered

INSPECTION. President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the F-50 on Friday, December 12, 2014, before leaving Korea, at the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH eyes final bidding for 2 new warships

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:18 PM

The warships will be the Philippine military s biggest and most capable

MOST CAPABLE: Philippine Navy's BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH rebids anti-submarine choppers

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Acquisition of the ship based helicopters is part of the country s goal to achieve minimum deterrence capability in the disputed West Philippine Sea at a time when China is feverishly expanding its submarine fleet

Bidding documents file Rappler photo

Gov’t infra spending jumps 63% in June

Aug 20, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Bulk of disbursements went to AFP aircraft acquisition and DPWH projects

FA-50: The Philippines recently signed a contract acquiring a squadron of FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea. File photo / Rappler

AFP modernization P10B short in 2015 budget bill

Aug 09, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad tells Rappler the proposed law that seeks to redefine savings in the 2015 budget will help fund the shortfall

State of PH Navy modernization: ‘Golden days will return’

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:52 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says his administration has released more than P40 billion to modernize the military the bulk of which goes to the Navy

Aquino vows air force modernization to defend PH territories

Jul 01, 2014 - 5:00 PM

On the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force the President promises to return it to the prestige it enjoyed during World War II before corruption halted its progress

AIR FORCE MODERNIZATION. President Benigno Aquino III says modernization will increase capabilities of the Air Force. Malacañang Photo Bureau

COA questions AFP transfer of P7.6B from treasury

May 23, 2014 - 10:48 AM

In December 2013 the military transferred P7 6B to its own account even without contracts for projects that are covered by this fund

LONE BIDDER: In September, there was a lone bidder for the Air Force's refurbished Hueys. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Aquino inducts new Navy chief amid maritime tensions

Apr 30, 2014 - 9:17 PM

President Benigno Aquino III highlights the increasingly important role played by the Navy as he led the turnover ceremony of new Navy chief Jesus Millan

NEW LEADER. President Benigno S. Aquino III presents the Medal of the command symbol to new Navy chief Jesus Millan. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Congress questions DND plans to buy fighter jets

Sep 02, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Congress threatens to derail plans by the defense department to shift its focus from fighting insurgency to defending our territory in the West Philippine Sea

Navy warship arrives in August, helicopters in December

Jul 26, 2013 - 7:34 PM

They will help boost maritime security

COMING: BRP Ramon Alacaraz is expected to arrive in the Philippines August 3

Soldiers and a can of sardines

Jul 26, 2013 - 6:38 PM

What we want to do is provide you with what you need the President tells troops

COMMITTED: President Benigno Aquino III reiterates his commitment to AFP modernization. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

#SONA2013: Key issues Aquino will tackle

Jul 21, 2013 - 10:31 PM

The peace process his firm stand against China spectacular economic numbers that need to be felt by the poor all these are expected to be in President Aquino s 4th State of the Nation Address on July 22

Aquino praises PAF, vows sustained modernization

Jul 01, 2013 - 2:21 PM

President Benigno Aquino III cites the improvements of the Philippine Air Force and vowed to continue its modernization