The AFP modernization controversy of the year 2015 was the deferral of the Philippine Army's Shore-Based Missile System (SBMS) to an as yet undisclosed "horizon" of the AFP Modernization Program. This was discussed on the Timawa forum on the following thread. Funds for the P6.5B project -- which originally became public in 2011 and discussed on the forum -- were realigned to acquire force-protection equipment instead. It was a stunning reversal of a territorial defense initiative that drew boisterous condemnation on defense social media and earned the Chief of Staff AFP, General Hernando Iriberri, the monicker "General Helmet".
====New AFP chief defends scrapping of planned purchase of missiles
Published July 10, 2015 1:13pm
By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News
(Updated 2 p.m.) Newly installed Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri on Friday defended their decision to scrap the planned purchase of a shore-based missile system and instead, procure helmets, night goggles, and body armor.
In an interview with reporters, Iriberri said he was the one who requested for the purchase of the helmets, night goggles, and body armor as he deemed it more important to protect the soldiers during encounters.
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He reiterated the argument of the Defense Department that the SBMS is just a proposal.
“Wala pa pong mga approval diyan kaya we made a counter proposal for the best interest ng Philippine Army at ng ating kasundaluhan.
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Earlier, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, retired AFP chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang and Iriberri removed the P6.5 billion shore-baed missile system (SBMS) deal between Israel and the Philippines from the list of military hardware to be procured by the government.
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