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AFP Modernization Program Second Horizon

Posted by raider1011 (Elite) at May 22 2018, 05:25 PM. 3 comments

LIVESTREAM: Pres. Duterte at 120th Philippine Navy anniversary (YouTube) (skip to 27:49)

"I'm happy to say that the government is currently working on implementing the Second Horizon of the Revised AFP Modernization Program. Which encompasses a number of projects for the Philippine ... amounting to 77 million ..."

US Support for the Philippines against China (thread 2)

Posted by raider1011 (Elite) at May 16 2018, 07:48 PM. 10 comments

MODERATOR NOTE: This thread is a continuation of the first thread on the same topic.

Lawmakers seek $7.5 billion to counter China’s rise

Defense News

May 15, 2018

The bipartisan Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, or ARIA, would authorize $1.5 billion annually for five years to deter and defend against China. A mix of State Department and Defense Department funds would bolster the U.S. military presence and readiness in the region, improving defense infrastructure and critical munitions stockpiles. ...

The U.S. is already boosting allies’ maritime domain awareness and maritime capabilities. The bill would augment foreign military financing and international military education and training programs, both with the idea to help partners “to resist coercion and to deter and defend against security threats.”

The bill explicitly excludes Myanmar, whose military has been accused of human rights violations, and Philippine counternarcotics activities, which have been linked to extrajudicial killings.

AFP and PNP: Barangay election security

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at May 15 2018, 01:40 AM. 3 comments

2 contrasting reports of how election security has gone so far:


Election death toll hits 33: PNP

Posted at May 14 2018 09:53 AM

MANILA - Thirty-three people have died in 36 incidents of suspected election-related violence, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday, as millions of Filipinos trooped to precincts to elect hundreds of thousands of village and youth leaders.

Election violence also left 19 wounded, bringing the total number of victims to 74, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde told reporters.


Philippine Star

Elections generally peaceful – AFP, PNP

Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) - May 15, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Except for seven confirmed violent incidents, the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections across the country yesterday were generally peaceful, according to police and military officials.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said polling precincts from the farthest villages, including those in Barangay Pag-asa on Kalayaan Island in the Spratlys, Turtle Island in the Sulu Sea and northern Batanes, simultaneously opened at 7:30 a.m. without any major incident.

“We have reports of 42 violent incidents but the Commission on Elections (Comelec) confirmed only seven. Of the seven cases, 13 were killed,” Galvez said.


South Korea - Philippines defense cooperation

Posted by Sgt.JCOP (Regulars) at May 2 2018, 11:41 PM. 0 comments

Now something that makes sense. Not just cooperation on acquisition.


PHL-Jordan defense cooperation

Posted by Ayoshi (Elite) at Apr 26 2018, 06:14 PM. One comment

M113 APCs and AH-1F Cobras donated by Jordan to the Philippines | Army Recognition - 24 April 2018
Filipino President Duterte has announced that the Kingdom of Jordan was donating dozens of M113 APCs and two Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippine government. The latter would just pay for the repair and refurbishing done through the Jordanian Armed Forces, plus paying for the shipping of the armored vehicles to the Philippines.

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The possible delivery of two Cobra helicopters was already mentioned in July 2017. The initial info is that the Kingdom of Jordan offered to donate four used Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters to the Philippines, and Philippine Air Force officers/technical team and defense officials were able to check out the Cobras in Jordan last June 2017. The figure has been reduced to two, not losing hope to get back to four.

It is still for clarification if the Jordanian AH-1F Cobras being offered are among those new builds they obtained in the late 1980s from the US, or ex-US Army units transferred in 2001. While Jordan received former Israeli AH-1F Tzefas a few years ago, it is highly unlikely that the units offered to the Philippines are from this batch of helicopters from Israel. The Philippines is also not the first country to receive AH-1F Cobras as donation from Jordan. Earlier this year Kenya was reported to have received at least one and probably more AH-1F Cobras from Jordan.

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Some of Jordan's AH-1 Cobras are being donated to Kenya. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)
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Jordanian M113 APCs (Picture source : Facebook/Jordanian army)

Almost 600 troops to patrol Boracay during shutdown

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Apr 24 2018, 01:12 PM. One comment

Main thread on the Boracay closure issue at the "No Man's Land" board.


Nearly 600 gov't troops to patrol Boracay during 6-month shut down
Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 24 2018 12:38 PM

BORACAY ISLAND - Shots were fired here Tuesday morning as nearly 600 soldiers, police, and coast guard members held simulation exercises for emergency scenarios that may happen here during the island’s 6-month closure.

"Mass protests, capsized boats, terrorist attacks, and illegal entry of tourists are among the possible threats we are preparing for during the shutdown period", Julius Reyes, commander of the army contingent, told ABS-CBN News.

“There are no terrorist threats but we want to be prepared just in case. We don’t want another Inabanga (Bohol) case,” he said.

At least 400 government troops were stationed here before the government announced the half-year shut down, but 150 policemen and 28 more Navy personnel were deployed here recently
, Reyes said.


4 killed in suspected political feud in Basilan

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Apr 23 2018, 02:55 AM. 0 comments


4 killed in suspected political feud in Basilan

Posted at Apr 23 2018 12:46 AM

An alleged political feud between families has resulted in the death of four persons in Barangay Kumamburingan in Ungkaya Pukan in Basilan early Sunday morning.

Usan Asani, former barangay captain of Camamburingan, and three other family members were killed in the incident.

According to witnesses, the assailants targeted the residence of Asani, who has filed his candidacy for the upcoming barangay elections.


Military doctor has been missing for 2 weeks

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Mar 21 2018, 04:33 AM. 0 comments


Sundalong doktor, halos 2 linggo nang missing

Posted at Mar 21 2018 02:26 AM

Humihingi ng tulong ang pamilya ng isang doktor ng AFP na magdadalawang linggo ng nawawala. Sa ngayon, iniimbestigahan na ng AFP at NBI ang pagkawala ng doktor. I-Bandila mo, April Rafales. - Bandila sa DZMM, Martes, 20 Marso, 2018

PH-Turkish Defense cooperation

Posted by matrix (Regulars) at Feb 8 2018, 01:14 PM. 0 comments

Turkey's story of defense industry development inspires Philippines


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Filipino Traden and Industry Minister Ramon Lopez (C), accompaned by a delegation of business people held a roundtable meeting organized by Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) Philippnes Business Council Chair İlkem Şahin (C-R)

The trade and industry minister of the Philippines, Ramon Lopez, in his recent visit to Turkey to attend the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, told Daily Sabah's Elif Binici that his country is inspired by the development of Turkey's defense sector. He said closer ties between the two defense sectors were desirable as part of the Philippines' military's modernization efforts.

On every occasion, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recounts the story of how Turkey has developed its local defense industry to now meet defense needs up to 65 percent. The development story begins when Turkey was rejected when it wanted to buy state-of-art defense products from its NATO allies like the U.S.

Visiting Turkey to attend the first Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting with Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli, Filipino Trade and Industry Minister Ramon Lopez underscored that the story of how Turkey developed its own defense industry, which Minister Canikli narrated, is an inspiration for the Philippines as the country now plans to modernize its armed forces. Defense Minister Canikli and Filipino Trade and Industry Minister Lopez signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate broader economic cooperation with a view to improving the dialogue in shipbuilding, manufacturing, construction and particularly defense.

Since Turkey became a sectoral dialogue member of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in early August, the defense firms have been eyeing to develop ties with the ASEAN market at international defense exhibits.

Citing the importance of the comprehensive memorandum of understanding that will unleash Turkish-Philippine economic partnership, Minister Lopez stated that his visit to the site of Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKE) as well as the meeting with Minister Canikli provided expansive knowledge about the Turkey's defense industry.

"We have recently come to know that Turkey has a very competitive defense industry in terms of accuracy and quality equipment, firearms and weapons at very competitive prices. These qualities can supplement what we need in the Philippines," Lopez told Daily Sabah in an exclusive interview.

Referring to the develop industry in Turkey, Lopez highlighted that the current status of the Turkish defense industry will very well align with the Philippines' government program to modernize the armed forces and defense products.

Having heard of the story of how Turkey has developed a national defense sector by mobilization of domestic resources from Defense Minister Canikli, Lopez said, "Turkey was in a way forced to develop its own industry simply because when the country needed the help, no help was coming and it forced Turkey to be self-reliant and develop its own industry. That is an inspiring story for us. We are in a similar mode but of course we have to import for now." Experiencing the same challenges Turkey once faced, the Philippines now look to improve its defense products by imports and has already got in touch with the Turkish government for negotiations, Lopez informed.

"Turkey definitely will be one of the top suppliers for the Philippines. We had our defense minister go there and he has already been in touch with the Turkish government," the Filipino minister noted.



Faeldon appointed to DND

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Dec 28 2017, 01:47 PM. 3 comments

Is this really a good idea considering his corrupt reputation at the Bureau of Customs?


Palace appoints Faeldon at DND
By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 03:35 PM December 27, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Bureau of Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon as deputy administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense of the Department of National Defense (DND).


AFP members to receive pay hike in 2018

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Dec 21 2017, 01:24 AM. 2 comments


Troops to receive pay hike in 2018: Diokno
RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2017 02:35 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2017 03:19 PM

MANILA - Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday said the government is all set to implement the increase in the base pay of the military and other uniformed personnel come January 1, 2018.

Government is expected to spend P60 billion for the raise, he said.

"This is a very costly promise. We are willing to invest in MUP (military and uniformed personnel) and of course the rehabilitation of Marawi city," the budget chief told reporters.


Phil. troops in Singapore for urban warfare training

Posted by matrix (Regulars) at Dec 5 2017, 11:27 AM. One comment

Philippine troops arrive in Singapore for urban warfare training for two weeks

DEC 4, 2017, 5:42 PM SGT
Lim Min Zhang

SINGAPORE - Two months after the Philippine Army declared victory over Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in the southern city of Marawi, 40 Philippine soldiers are in Singapore for training to build on their expertise in urban warfare.


The Philippine troops would be training at the Murai Urban Training Facility, in Lim Chu Kang from Monday (Dec 4) to Dec 15.


Singapore had also offered drones and its urban warfare training facilities to help Philippine troops in the fight against Muslim militants.



Hackers target AFP, PH govt. websites

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Nov 8 2017, 07:46 AM. 0 comments


Hackers target Philippine military, Presidential websites
Posted at Nov 08 2017 01:53 AM

SINGAPORE - A hacking group previously linked to the Vietnamese government or working on its behalf has broken into the computers of neighboring countries as well as a grouping of Southeast Asian nations, according to cybersecurity company Volexity.

Steven Adair, founder and CEO, said the hacking group was still active, and had compromised the website of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) over several high-profile summit meetings. ASEAN is holding another summit of regional leaders in the Philippines capital Manila this week.

In May, cybersecurity company FireEye reported that the group, which it calls APT32 and is also known as OceanLotus, was actively targeting foreign multinationals and dissidents in Vietnam. FireEye said at the time the group's activity was "of interest to the nation of Vietnam."


Duterte contributing 500 million pesos for wounded soldiers

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Nov 7 2017, 11:05 PM. 0 comments


Duterte puts up P500-M for wounded soldiers
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2017 06:58 PM

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he has put up at least P500 million for the welfare of soldiers wounded during the Marawi siege and other conflicts in the country.

Duterte said the funds would go to the housing and medical needs of wounded soldiers, especially those who lost their limbs fighting Islamic State-inspired terrorists.

The President said he wants to build a housing site for the wounded soldiers within the capital so it would be easy for them to go to the best hospitals for their therapy.

“Exclusively para lang ‘yan sa sugatan, requirements ninyo sa prosthetics or whatever. Including those who are wounded or rendered disabled in the other theaters of war, all throughout the country. ‘Yan ang asahan ninyo,” Duterte said during the launch of the Karne, Isda Supply Supporta sa Masa at Ekonomiya (Kiss Me) Project in Taguig.


AFP Public Information Officers urged to reject disinformation

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Oct 4 2017, 10:15 PM. 0 comments

"Disinformation", of course, includes fake news:


Military information officers urged to reject disinformation

Posted at Oct 02 2017 09:29 PM

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año recently warned information officers of the military against spreading disinformation.

“I strongly urge our public affairs practitioners to continue to tell the truth. Refuse to be dragged into the trend of disinformation and deliberate sowing of confusion," Año said in a speech during the closing ceremony of the 6th Public Affairs Office (PAO) Summit held September 21-22.

Año also asked participants not to feed the hatred, and instead use all efforts to present facts and accept criticisms against the AFP.

Now on its sixth year, the summit is an annual gathering of AFP spokespersons and public affairs officers assigned to different military units, including the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and the AFP Area Commands.


Duterte threatens military arrest of Ombudsman officials

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Sep 30 2017, 12:06 AM. 0 comments

So the president has direct control of the military police branches of each service that he can just order the arrest of political opponents he accuses of alleged corruption?


Duterte threatens military arrest of Ombudsman officials
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2017 10:51 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to have allegedly corrupt officials from the Office of the Ombudsman arrested by the military if they will snub summons to be issued by a commission he plans to create to investigate anomalies at the anti-graft agency.

Duterte has accused unnamed officials at the Office of Ombudsman of corruption, victimizing government officials, policemen and soldiers facing various charges.

He said he will set up a commission that will have the power to summon Ombudsman officials accuse of corruption.

“What is the remedy of the Filipino kung kayo ang mag-sige hingi? Don’t force my hand into it. I will set up a commission to investigate the Ombudsman,” Duterte said in a recorded interview on state-run television aired Friday evening.


Duterte threatens MARTIAL LAW if communist rebel threat worsens

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Sep 10 2017, 11:49 PM. 2 comments

This would be a threat for the whole country and would use a different justification than the one used for martial just in Mindanao. (also see thread on Martial Law in Mindanao)


Solon hits Duterte for ‘recycling’ Marcos justification for martial law
By: Vince F. Nonato - Reporter / @VinceNonatoINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:49 PM September 10, 2017

A member of the militant Makabayan party-list bloc has criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for “recycling” the anticommunist rhetoric of his “idol,” the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, to justify martial law.

In a statement issued on Sunday, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said Duterte was just “looking for reasons” to fulfill his “desire to reign as a dictator.”

“The ISIS threat did not work,” Tinio said. “The threat of narcopolitics that he floated did not sell either. Now, he’s recycling the alibi used by his idol Marcos – the communists.”

On Saturday, Duterte threatened to place the entire country under military rule if communist groups would take their “rebellion” to the streets.


Australia-Philippine defense ties (updates)

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Aug 30 2017, 01:13 AM. 15 comments

To Ayoshi and all, please post any updates about direct defense exchanges, purchases and agreements between Australia and the Philippines here:


Australia offers to train Philippine troops in Islamic State fight
Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 29 2017 11:40 AM

Australia Tuesday offered to help train the Philippines military to tackle Islamic militants terrorizing parts of the country, calling the threat "deeply concerning."

Philippine forces have been besieging militants in the southern city of Marawi for almost 100 days. But the gunmen, flying the Islamic State group's black flag, have defied military assaults including airstrikes and artillery barrages.

Australia, which has an extensive defence cooperation program with Manila, has already deployed two high-tech AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance, and is keen to provide further help.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she recently spoke to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte who wanted to bolster resources for his armed forces.


Duterte meets US Pacific Command Chief

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Aug 23 2017, 08:19 PM. 0 comments

Separating this from the usual Duterte superthread in the Philippine politics board, since this deals with defense/security issues:


Duterte meets US Pacific Command chief

Posted at Aug 23 2017 05:28 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday met with the chief of the United States military’s Pacific Command in Malacañang, with discussions revolving around regional security, particularly the crisis in the Korean Peninsula.

Duterte received US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris Jr. at the Palace Wednesday afternoon with several cabinet members at hand, including Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and other US officials were also present at the meeting.

Duterte and Harris discussed North Korea's nuclear threat, with the President again underscoring China's role in ending the crisis, the latter being North Korea's largest trading partner.


PH and the North Korea threat (re-titled)

Posted by MSantor (PDFF Mod Group) at Aug 15 2017, 11:20 PM. 7 comments

It's not like the FA-50s can shoot these missiles down, unfortunately...but the chance of such a threat hitting the Philippines is still remote.


AFP NolCom on alert in face of N. Korea’s threat on Guam
By: Jeannette I. Andrade - Reporter / @jiandradeINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 08:06 PM August 15, 2017

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has alerted its troops in Northern Luzon to the possibility of a missile launch by North Korea targeting Guam.

According to Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP public affairs chief, Northern Luzon would be most vulnerable should the heated exchange between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) go beyond words.

Arevalo assured that, while the Philippines was not part of the conflict or the “verbal tussle” between the US and the DPRK, the AFP would be prepared for any eventuality.