Because of present territorial threats involving the Philippines and neighboring Asian countries, it is but appropriate to upgrade the capabilities of our armed forces. Last year, we saw the growing threat of China who had repeatedly made incursions in our legitimate water boundaries and and it has not stopped in doing so. Earlier China took over some of our reefs and islets and built structures on them.
The acquisition of new fighter jets and two frigates for the Philippine Navy is set for this year, according to the AFP Chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, and the funds will come from the expected $40 million US military assistance revealed by US Secretary of State John Kenny who was recently in the Philippines. This would definitely be a boost for the AFP who is continuing to modernize the organization, taking it slowly but surely.
A strong armed forces will be able to fulfill its mandate to address internal security, territorial defense and answer relief and rescue operations swiftly. This is no longer a dream for the present military leadership is making it all happen.