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AFP will buy 6 New Fighter Jets to defend the Archipelagic Islands – Spratlys

Italy's M-346 - Price = € 20 Million Euros (Each)

Korea's TA-50 Golden Eagle - Price = $ 21 Million US Dollars (Each)

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) military plans to acquire six jet fighters for interdiction missions against intruders into Philippine waters and air space, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said (July 1, 2011).

"We're giving so much priority to our internal security operations, but lately the equation has shifted because we realize we've also to assess our external defense capability," Gazmin told reporters at the sidelines of the Air Force's 64th anniversary celebrations.

Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. said senior military officials had recommended an initial six multi-role planes to be acquired within the term of President Benigno Aquino III.

He said the Air Force was looking at either Korea's TA-50 Golden Eagle or Italy's M-346, and depending on their arms and in-flight instrumentation would cost about P1 billion each.

The Air Force retired its last seven F5 fighter jets in 2005 after having been in service for 40 years.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, meanwhile, said President Aquino's planned visit to China did not mean the Philippines was backing down from its assertions Chinese forces had been intruding on Philippine waters.

The Philippines claims that Chinese forces intruded at least nine times into Manila-claimed areas in the Spratly Islands since February, allegations that sparked an exchange of diplomatic protests and verbal jabs. Mr. Aquino has strongly criticized China, saying two weeks ago that his country would not be bullied by China in the disputed region.

The presidential trip would likely take place in late August or early September, Del Rosario said.

The Spratlys, a chain of barren, largely uninhabited islands, reefs and banks in the South China Sea, are claimed wholly by China, Taiwan and Vietnam and partly by the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. The islands are believed to be atop vast oil and gas deposits.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao has denied his government committed any intrusions, but acknowledged that Chinese vessels were exercising Beijing's sovereign rights in one incident at the Reed Bank near the Spratlys. Philippine officials complained the Chinese vessels harassed a local oil exploration ship into leaving the Reed Bank in March.

Just before he traveled last week to Washington, Del Rosario said he was told that the military was verifying another foreign intrusion into the Spratlys area.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave strong assurances that the US was committed to the defense of the Philippines, and would provide affordable weaponry amid mounting tensions in the Spratlys, Del Rosario said.

He said he separately gave US defense officials a list of equipment the Philippines needed to improve its capability to monitor foreign intrusions in its territorial waters near the Spratlys.

Clinton assured del Rosario that the US would honor its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines that calls on each country to help defend the other against an external attack by an aggressor in their territories or in the Pacific region, he said.

Del Rosario said he told US officials that if the Philippines received defense equipment, "we become a stronger ally for you

 

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Ang mahal naman ng mga jets na yan kabayan...


Wala ba discount yan? magkano kaya gastos kung tayo mismo sa pinas ang gagawa ng ganyan, cguro di aabot ng 12 Million Dollars each

Kim said...

The T-50 of South Korea is built for class training only and not for fighting...

Its capability is not yet for fighting

Recommended by Koreans is F-15, F-16

F22 is great but US will not sell it outside

Anonymous said...

to the dragon, your world standing is the 2nd strongest economy in the world, you have overtaken almost the entire 1st world economy except for the eagle. even the eagle has trillion dollars debt to the dragon.what else do you want...juan masipag is just a small fry country,trying to survive the high cost of monthly electricity bills.every nation in the world "kowtow" to the dragon.. you're a world power.what else do you want? but inspite of your standing, you still bully my beloved country "JUAN MASIPAG" which owns the reed bank and scarborough shoal. it seems you want to engage war to our small fry country who is very friendly and accommodating to the dragon..Now you have boundary problems with the bear, in the northeast you got a problem with the rising sun in senkaku island....in the south east you also got a boundary problems with the vietcong pipz... in the south you also have problems with the indians... pls MAKE PEACE to your neighboring countries.

Anonymous said...

The dragon declared that all south china sea belong to the territorial part of the dragon.Then if this the case- Eagle (if only applies barbaric mentality) could likewise declare that entire pacific and atlantic ocean belong under their territorial part. Good only there are still world-power countries that stand by the rule of law for the spirit of fairness,justice & peace.- I,JUAN MASIPAG ,a Filipino-Chinese guy wants to share my concern.

Anonymous said...

Dragon do you think it's a small-scale war? you might miscalculate your options.The better way is thru diplomatic solution.Their are a lot of patriotic juan masipag ready to volunteer to fight in your own pace, time,many ways and etc....I think you have an internal jockeying and wants to divert the issues.let's make peace not war.

Anonymous said...

if you want peace prepare for war! dragon for me is a symbol of evil! pilipinas is only maya(very cute) lol

Anonymous said...

dragon you said there is a fishing ban in bajo de masinloc but your antic action is the other way around,by sending more fishing boat is an act of bad faith.dragon your tactic is not only bullying but also intimidation.your line of thinking is for your own internal interest and your heart is full of greediness.you're sending a wrong message and impression to the whole civilized world.I juan masipag is a chinoy expressing my own personal opinion.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a military tactician but I believed air superiority is the key to winning a small scale war or punitive action by the dragon. Therefore,p-noy should concentrate our meager AFP resources more to the Philippine Air Force for the acquisition of radar,air to ground missiles and air to air missiles to counter the dragon naval superiority.

Anonymous said...

Our nation is an unsinkable aircraft carrier. This is our edge against the dragon considering that this is not a land border dispute but a sea dispute.Let us also be vigilant,they might also make an aircraft carrier along bajo de masinloc and other atoll in spratly.remember this is 21st century everything is possible.juan masipag

Anonymous said...

if the dragon can't be controlled by other super powers and keep on acting a blind eye approached or being just complacent with what the dragon is doing. Sooner, one of these days we might be surprised,finding them right in front of our land doorsteps- grabbing our natural resources and would just simply present their historical claims. very funny....

Anonymous said...

Historical claims? Assuming Germany reclaim east Prussia or Russia reclaim all soviets satellite countries. What will happen to the world peace?! Dragon, it is a common knowledge that you belong to the 2nd longest civilization, also a world re-knowned producer of respected leaders and philosophers the likes of Confucius,Sun Tzu,Mao Zedong,Deng Xiaoping and.........you are considered as a respected dragon. Worldwide the majority is looking forward of your conciliatory gesture to your neighbor.

Anonymous said...

An appeal to President Simeon Aquino please take a look the flight of the electric consumers from Iloilo , Capiz and kalibo the exuberant rates of our monthly electric bills compared from the rest of the other part of Visayan islands. Recently,distributors rate increased and now another producers rate increased.The reasons of Peco,Capelco,Ileco and Pedsi high cost of operation or is it padding of expenses to make it appeared that they are losing money.So many accounting manipulation. For privatization this is the priced we must pay and for the government owned corporation under delivery of fossil fuels and fat bonuses at the expense of our taxpayers money.Energy Regulatory Board,I believed is a rubber stamp pad government agency.

Anonymous said...

A food conglomerate,a banker,a big mall operator,a shipping magnate,MVP(indo with love) and......Are all now scrambling in the power business because of high yield and assured return of investments. We also welcome foreign investors to join and engages in the power sector business.This is a sunshine and lucrative business no losses and suck the blood of the filipino peoples.We have a friendly E R C aka rubber stamp pad.Specialization,covert and hidden agenda (Jekyll and Hyde).

Anonymous said...

TA-50 jets acquisition is a good start. Umpisa pa lng yan. With political will, mamomodernize ntin ang military capabilities very soon. Philippines is a RICH country, pretending to be POOR. Enough of playing as an underdog. It's about time to wake-up the SLEEPING GIANT!

Anonymous said...

Lately I have started reading through net sourced files regarding anything under the sun regarding military arms purchases of our beloved armed forces. True we concentrated so much on internal security weaponry to kill our fellow Filipinos that our planners forgot all about the external aspects.

In short, and again, our political situation has been the same since the time of the Spaniards to the Americans, then the Japanese. Wherein they always depended on foreign freebies rather than literally spending our own money to acquire even the bare necessities.

Mga arogante kase mga tukmol na politiko natin, puros grandstanding without any regards to national security focusing on their pockets rather than securing a nation. Naalala ko tuloy yung tukmol na kongresistang pumigil sa Hukbong Dagat natin na bumili ng 100 M USD na Strategic Sea Lift Vessel kasi hindi raw natin kailangan. Ngayon tanong ko sa pakielamerong kongressistang un "ngayon gago kang politiko ka."

Tama na yang matagalang pagpili na yan, kung yun na yun na. Nakakairita na nakakahiya, nakakawalang gana. Kinukupal na nga tayo ang gustong gawin ng mga pulitikong ere eh pakielaman pa and mga planong taon and binilang para makumpune ng militar tas sa isang iglap baliwala lang pala kasi sabi ng isang tukmol na kongressista hindi raw kailangan.

Anonymous said...

To P-noy address in your SONA, the electric generation cost that has overcharged the local consumers. This generation producers are used to artificially high yield rates since the ''tabacco administration''. Always pegging their ROI to Singapore dollars not in the basis of Philippine pesos.We must consider that Singapore has a far higher GDP than the Philippines, a matter we should address.Everybody knows this, that higher energy costs, means a burden on the part of everybody not only in the business/industry sector but also to the local consumers.

Anonymous said...

Philippine go nuclear plants,no ghost delivery of fossil fuels cause it's uranium and monitored by IAEA.Build it in Palawan Island no earthquakes.

Anonymous said...

To filipino taipans donate 2 fighter jets each one of you to PAF.AS a sign of loyalty to our country.

Anonymous said...

Our production cost is high, one of the reason is high cost of electricity.Many manufacturing foreign investors transfered their facilities to our neighboring countries such as Thailand,PROC and ....Our economy is banking on our heroic OFW which comprises one third of our gross GDP.The problem comes, when our OFW will be out of jobs in some 1st world countries.because they themselves(not all)can't compete with the Chinese juggernaut and the Indian sub-continental powerhouse using the phrase of ex-PM Tony Blair.Probably in the near future some of the OFW might be displaced,and therefore coming back to our country(RP)and later to find out there is no available jobs here. I therefore appeal to P-noy to have a foresight such as that of the late APO FM.


TheOnlyJuan

Anonymous said...

1973 oil embargo shocked the whole world with impunity no countries was spared.At that time the dragon was asleep and their consumption was not to much.There people was still using bicycle as their means of transportation. Now the dragon has awakened. 300 million of their population economic lives has been improved and started to own luxury cars.Therefore,they have to maintain the steady flow of oil supply to their marketplace and now they started to think how to annex Spratly islands to fulfill their economic demands. By using, either historical claims economic diplomacy or intimidations .During that time APO FM and his technocrats has a foresight and started to put up geothermal,hydro power and nuclear plant away from traditional fossil fuel burning plants.After the people power revolution the nuclear power plant wasn't commission and no alternative was made during yellow lady administration.It was felt during tabacco administration that continuous long hours of brown out has been experienced,worked stoppage,lost of man hours and etc...I can't recalled either through emergency power or executive order that created Independent power producers.These IPP takes advantage of this scenario and assured them of high yield return of investments.They are now addicted to this earnings and used to it.Until now the detrimental effect of this greedy electric generation producers can be still felt up to the present.

Anonymous said...

The dragon are their to stay as foresee,the structure continuous to expand in mischief reef.First,they say it's a fisherman shelter during stormy weather.Now it's seem the other way around it's more of a military installation and look like a staging ground or as a jumping board to further their hegemony,bad to the world peace.It's is sad to say.The truth is they have to feed 1.3 billion of their population not only that the dragon people likes to eat and love for seafood such as sharkfin soup,abalone and etc... found mostly in southeast asia countries.Now it's not oil they are after but also food basin as security for their future survival. they don't have the luxury of the like of the eagle which own a vast stretches of fertile land that produce a lot of food supplies which can even feed the whole world.It's sad to say that diplomacy is already stepping backward not forward.To my fellow countrymen and it's allies be prepared of the eminent danger. I might sound like an alarmist but it's the reality.Juan Masipag

Anonymous said...

The deterioration of our AFP started during yellow lady administration.To much concentration on freedom and democracy that she forgot the strengthening of our credible defense forces to deter against foreign hegemony and even encouraged not to extend the U.S. bases. Sorry to say that she doesn't understand the strategic balance of powers in Southeast Asia.Madam pong I'm sorry.To the Few extremist join and be a collaborator to the dragon.Juan Masipag or Any Juan

Anonymous said...

Remember the dragon was called the sick man of Asia before now the dragon has awakened.Juan right now is the sick man of Asia. I don't understand if the ball is round or the round is ball.sorry madam pong and chow the hero of edsa 1 I'm not one of your fans.

Anonymous said...

Now look at P-noy the laying duck beloved by millions of my countrymen sorry to say again this is the domino effect of a short sighted yellow lady.Now P-noy is scrambling to buy weapons. I don't know if this is the proper terms to say it's mott and academic.

Anonymous said...

yep, it,s mott and academic because your beloved dragon is sleeping within your bed.

Anonymous said...

Today in the APEC forum the assurances of continuous supply and low tariff of food products was discussed and committed to the APEC members.Actually,the real issue was to make and let the dragon feel appeased to it's dilemma -the problem of food requirements. This simply shows that the Dragon weak point was all about food security to feed 1.3 billion people. That's why they want to annex South China Sea. Juan Masipag

Anonymous said...

To the rising sun Juan Masipag doesn't wants 10 patrol ships. We want versatile frigates.

Anonymous said...

Obviously,the motive of the dragon is to monopolize the fishing and oil in south china sea to the point of exceeding from it's boundaries and even forgot the world diplomatic responsibility.Juan Masipag

Anonymous said...

At least our juan Masipag has awakened and also the the untiring efforts of our heroic Juan should be given credit and recognition for realizing that refitting our frigates with harpoon missiles to improve our minimum credible defense capabilities was considered and it's still a long way to go and of course the most essential part is diplomacy issue should be the top priority. Let us give thanks to the eagle for his benevolent and unwavering support.God bless the eagle for his top responsibilities for being the world policeman.Some people don't understand how hard is the role of the eagle,the financial burden,the soldiers sent to be sacrificed,away from love ones and etc... for the sake of maintaining peace in the world.

Anonymous said...

Mongolian empire has reached as far as Belarus,Ukraine and Caucasus does it means their present boundaries until now will remains the same status quo.Of course not.This dragon jurisprudential evidence and historical claims has no basis and should be thrown in the trash can.Probably they are dreaming. Even the world is dynamic therefore boundaries is dynamic and blah blah.....Juan Masipag

Anonymous said...

Dividing provinces is a political issued,but compromising or divulging our sovereignty during war time is being .......any juan

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