Philippines boosts military spending

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The Philippines will spend $1.8 billion on military upgrades by 2017 to “protect the country against bullies in its territorial waters,” The Tribune newspaper reported on May 24. The amount adds to the country’s defense budget for 2013 of $2.9 billion, the 6th largest in ASEAN.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino said in a speech to mark the navy’s 115th anniversary at Fort San Felipe in Cavite that the Philippines will purchase two frigates, two anti-submarine helicopters, three fast vessels for coastal patrol and eight amphibious assault craft by 2017.

“We also will improve our communications, intelligence and surveillance systems,” he added..

Chinese claims on the South China Sea — or the West Philippine Sea as it is referred to in Manila — were a major driver for the purchase; another one a recent spat with Taiwan over the shooting of a fisherman.

A report by The Philippine Star newspaper said Aquino expected the navy to act also against domestic enemies.

“We want the Filipino to feel secure and safe, wherever he may be in any part of the world,” he was quoted as saying.

“That is why we expect security forces to curb illegal smuggling transactions, illegal drugs and trafficking of persons.”

 



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[caption id="attachment_9440" align="alignleft" width="235"] Philippine Navy Special Forces soldier[/caption] The Philippines will spend $1.8 billion on military upgrades by 2017 to "protect the country against bullies in its territorial waters," The Tribune newspaper reported on May 24. The amount adds to the country's defense budget for 2013 of $2.9 billion, the 6th largest in ASEAN. Philippines President Benigno Aquino said in a speech to mark the navy's 115th anniversary at Fort San Felipe in Cavite that the Philippines will purchase two frigates, two anti-submarine helicopters, three fast vessels for coastal patrol and eight amphibious assault craft by 2017. "We also...

Philippine_Navy_Special_Forces_soldier
Philippine Navy Special Forces soldier

The Philippines will spend $1.8 billion on military upgrades by 2017 to “protect the country against bullies in its territorial waters,” The Tribune newspaper reported on May 24. The amount adds to the country’s defense budget for 2013 of $2.9 billion, the 6th largest in ASEAN.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino said in a speech to mark the navy’s 115th anniversary at Fort San Felipe in Cavite that the Philippines will purchase two frigates, two anti-submarine helicopters, three fast vessels for coastal patrol and eight amphibious assault craft by 2017.

“We also will improve our communications, intelligence and surveillance systems,” he added..

Chinese claims on the South China Sea — or the West Philippine Sea as it is referred to in Manila — were a major driver for the purchase; another one a recent spat with Taiwan over the shooting of a fisherman.

A report by The Philippine Star newspaper said Aquino expected the navy to act also against domestic enemies.

“We want the Filipino to feel secure and safe, wherever he may be in any part of the world,” he was quoted as saying.

“That is why we expect security forces to curb illegal smuggling transactions, illegal drugs and trafficking of persons.”

 



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