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Senate Bill 1734: Strengthening national defense
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:21:00 AM »
Lacson seeks to upgrade gov’t capabilities vs. terrorism, insurgency, other threats
Published March 9, 2018, 1:42 PM
By Mario Casayuran

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/03/09/lacson-seeks-to-upgrade-govt-capabilities-vs-terrorism-insurgency-other-threats/

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Senate Bill 1734 that he filed, Lacson sought a stronger defense department that would implement a more credible national defense system to address inside and outside threats.

Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said his bill is envisioned to update national defense policies, principles and concepts, to institutionalize needed improvements and to codify various laws on national defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the civilian bureaus, with the end in view of streamlining and further professionalizing our country’s defense establishment.

He said the sale of strategic defense real properties is prohibited, unless recommended by the Department of National Defense (DND) secretary and approved by the President with the consent of Congress.

Lacson said the income from the lease or development of defense real estate should be remitted only to the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.

Also, the bill exempts from the Government Procurement Law the acquisition by the AFP of special defense equipment.

This is upon prior approval by the President; or when the Defense secretary determined that the country’s interests shall be protected by negotiating directly with a local or foreign supplier, “provided that such procurement contract shall be covered by a performance security,’’ Lacson explained.

The bill also exempts from import and other licenses the acquisition of defense materiel by the Department of National Defense.

On the other hand, the bill allows the DND to accept donations, contributions and grants for its functions. But donations from foreign governments or persons shall be subject to existing laws.

The bill, likewise, includes the DND secretary in the chain of command.

It also stated that the President would exercise authority over the AFP via the DND secretary, then AFP chief of staff.

However, the President can still issue orders directly to the AFP.

Also, the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WACS) and the Technical and Administrative Service will be integrated into the AFP Component Services under Lacson’s bill.

The bill establishes warrant officers in the AFP. These will include highly technical experts, combat leaders, trainers and advisors who specialize in a specific technical area.

On the other hand, the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) will be transformed into the National Defense University of the Philippines. The Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) or its equivalent will be required for appointment or designation to key positions and promotions of AFP officers to the grade of O-7 (Brigade General/Commodore).

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Re: Senate Bill 1734: Strengthening national defense
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 08:36:16 AM »
He said the sale of strategic defense real properties is prohibited, unless recommended by the Department of National Defense (DND) secretary and approved by the President with the consent of Congress.

Lacson said the income from the lease or development of defense real estate should be remitted only to the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund.

The IRR for this will be interest to see . . . if it ever comes to pass.

Does Lacson envision that an enabling law be made for every single property, or can Congress issue blanket authority to the Executive to exercise its mandate?

How will this affect the Bases Conversion & Development Authority?

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Also, the bill exempts from the Government Procurement Law the acquisition by the AFP of special defense equipment.

This is upon prior approval by the President; or when the Defense secretary determined that the country’s interests shall be protected by negotiating directly with a local or foreign supplier, “provided that such procurement contract shall be covered by a performance security,’’ Lacson explained.

The bill also exempts from import and other licenses the acquisition of defense materiel by the Department of National Defense.

There are already existing exemptions in the Government Procurement Law specifically for AFP Modernization purchases. What more were they looking for?

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On the other hand, the bill allows the DND to accept donations, contributions and grants for its functions. But donations from foreign governments or persons shall be subject to existing laws.

RA 10349, particularly Section 6, already allows for this. How does the Senator intend to expand upon this?

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The bill, likewise, includes the DND secretary in the chain of command.

It also stated that the President would exercise authority over the AFP via the DND secretary, then AFP chief of staff.

However, the President can still issue orders directly to the AFP.

How is this different from how things already are?

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Also, the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WACS) and the Technical and Administrative Service will be integrated into the AFP Component Services under Lacson’s bill.

The bill establishes warrant officers in the AFP. These will include highly technical experts, combat leaders, trainers and advisors who specialize in a specific technical area.

Anyone have insight into how the Technical Services are currently organized?

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On the other hand, the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) will be transformed into the National Defense University of the Philippines. The Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) or its equivalent will be required for appointment or designation to key positions and promotions of AFP officers to the grade of O-7 (Brigade General/Commodore).

Nice to see BGen Syjuco's idea coming back to the fore.

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Re: Senate Bill 1734: Strengthening national defense
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 09:44:01 AM »
Here is the whole document of the said bill. All of the provisions and technicalities are in here.

https://pinglacson.net/wp-content/plugins/pdfjs-viewer-shortcode/pdfjs/web/viewer.php?file=https%3A%2F%2Fpinglacson.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F03%2FS.B-No.-1734.pdf&download=true&print=true&openfile=false

Thanks Pitz. This bill also contains the Defense Condition portion of Jinggoy Estrada's bill from a few years ago.