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Duterte promises AFP modern aircraft, vessels, and equipment
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:53:58 AM »
Duterte promises AFP modern aircraft, vessels, and equipment
Published March 13, 2017, 12:09 AM
by Genalyn D. Kabiling

More modern military aircraft, sea vessels, and other equipment are forthcoming in the next two to three years to better patrol the country’s territory and combat security threats, President Duterte announced yesterday.

Speaking at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation ceremony in Baguio City, the President has divulged plans to further modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be on a par with its counterparts in the world.

“In the next two to three years, the AFP will have flight simulators, radars, support, patrol and assault vehicles as well as new surveillance and fighter aircraft so that you can better patrol our borders and guard our seas,” the President said.

“All of these we do so that our AFP will be more effective in pursuing its mandate, in assisting law enforcement agencies in battling crime and illegal drugs and in undertaking relief and rescue efforts during disasters and calamities,” he said.

The country’s soldiers could also expect better weapons from the Duterte administration in appreciation of their sacrifices for the nation.

“You will be provided with the proper equipment and weapons, particularly body armors, helmets and rifles as well as short firearms so that you can defend yourselves even when you are off-duty,” the commander-in-chief said.

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