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im wondering why the double down is always at the last 2 minutes...  :'(

no more na..

No more face-off: Duterte backs out of debate with Carpio, assigns Roque instead
By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / / 01:58 PM May 07, 2021

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MANILA, Philippines — The much touted face-off between President Rodrigo Duterte and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio may not materialize after the Chief Executive assigned his spokesperson to represent him in a debate over the issue on the Philippines’ legal victory over China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea.

Duterte has designated Atty. Harry Roque to face Carpio on whether the country may enforce the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in favor of the country, amid recent incursions of China in contested waters, which critics claimed undermined the country’s sovereignty.

This, despite that it was Duterte himself who challenged Carpio to a debate over the West Philippine Sea, which the former magistrate already accepted.

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Thread Indices / Re: Where in the world are the Cyclones?
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:58:52 PM »
BRP General Mariano Alvarez (PS-38)

in this forum:

Thread Indices / Where in the world are the Cyclones?
« on: April 10, 2021, 04:55:54 PM »
with the impending retirement of Cyclone-class from the US Navy, it would be nice to track them:

PC1 Cyclone - transferred to PH in March 2004 and renamed as BRP Gen Mariano Alvarez PS-38
PC2 Tempest
PC3 Hurricane
PC4 Monsoon
PC5 Typhoon
PC6 Sirocco
PC7 Squall
PC8 Zephyr - decommissioned last Feb 17, 2021
PC9 Chinook
PC10 Firebolt
PC11 Whirlwind
PC12 Thunderbolt
PC13 Shamal - decommissioned last Feb 16, 2021
PC14 Tornado - decommissioned last Feb 18, 2021; awaiting for sale/transfer; rumored to be transferred to PN

PC15 cancelled program
PC16 cancelled program

General Discussion / Re: First female NAVSHIP project officer
« on: March 22, 2021, 02:42:34 PM »

im more curious on the boat at the back.. she looks like a commercial LCT but being turned olive drab... for the army or marines?

this one has a conflicting report... in other news outlet, it says "emergency landing"

and if we will follow the SOP - the UH should be grounded by now if it was indeed a "crashed"

i hope AFP or PAF can set the record straight

From afp website

Air Force receives brand new Command and Control Aircraft

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay together with the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Commanding General, Philippine Air Force Lieutenant General Allen Paredes led the turn-over and blessing ceremony of the G280 Command and Control Aircraft at Clark Airbase, Pampanga on September 21, 2020.

The Gulfstream G280 will be primarily used by the Philippine Air Force to serve as a platform to transport senior leaders and commanders especially in the event of a crisis. It will also serve as an airborne post for command and control (C2) operations both by the military and the civilian government.

Aside from C2 operations, the aircraft can also be used for airborne warning system, medical evacuation, high-altitude atmospheric research, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The new C2 aircraft was acquired under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program and purchased from the Gulfstream Aerospace through the Foreign Military Sales Program of the United States government with the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group.


Photo: TSg Obinque PAF/PAOAFP

the PAF Gulfstream G280 - command and control aircraft arrived in Clark last Sept 20 at around 9:37AM.
The aircraft came from California then flew to Hawaii then Guam before finally landing in PH

image posted in Maxdefense but credited to Michael Carter of Aero Pacific

a beautiful shot from Efrain Noel Morota Aviation Photography FB



General Discussion / 4 'Super Tucano' attack aircraft now in Clark Air Base
« on: September 21, 2020, 05:35:37 PM »
4 out of the 6 are home na... 2 havent arrive yet!

image from manila bulletin

4 'Super Tucano' attack aircraft now in Clark Air Base
source PNA
By Priam Nepomuceno  September 19, 2020, 3:00 pm

MANILA – Four out of the six new Embraer Defense and Security A-29 "Super Tucano" close-air support aircraft, which are intended to beef up the Philippine Air Force (PAF)'s close-air support capabilities, have landed in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, Pampanga on Saturday.

Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said the four aircraft have landed in Clark Air Base around 1:06 p.m. while the other two are still in New Delhi, India, awaiting for clearance and would be flown to the Philippines at a later date.

Embraer company pilots flew the aircraft from the company airfield in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and made fueling stops in the Canary Islands, Portugal, Malta, Egypt, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, and Vietnam before landing in the Philippines.

Andolong said Embraer pilots will train PAF pilots selected to fly the "Super Tucano" for two months as part of the agreement under the Technical Inspection and Acceptance Committee.

The A-29s were earlier scheduled to be delivered by the end of July but the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and subsequent travel bans have skewed the delivery timetables.

The aircraft, which will be part of the PAF's 15th Strike Wing, will beef up the remaining North American Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" attack aircraft used by the Air Force in strike missions.

"They are a welcome and much-needed replacement for the PAF's aged, close air support aircraft, and their mission versatility and capability to carry a variety of ordnance will be very useful in the field," Andolong said.

The Super Tucano is a turboprop aircraft designed for light attack, counter-insurgency, close air support, aerial reconnaissance missions in low threat environments, as well as providing pilot training.

The contract for the six aircraft is worth PHP4.968 billion and was issued in late 2017. (PNA)

many took this as a sign that the Bhamos is still a go

as posted in FB (emphasize mine) by Josephine Jaron Codilla (Joji)

Congratulations to Col Romulo Bim Quemado, commander of the newly-activated Coastal Defense Regiment (Provisional) of the Philippine Marine Corps! Activation ceremony now happening at the PMC Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. After relinquishing his post as director of the AFP Leadership Development Center, Col Quemado was made a member of its Core Group.  Congratulations to our beloved former director of the AFPLDC!

AFP Organization, Services, and Units / Re: BRP Kalinga (AG-89)
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:46:36 PM »

Military History / Re: BRP Limasawa (AE-79) - ex-USS Nettle [WAK-129]
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:40:52 PM »
she is now for sale together with PG-64 and probably AG-89 or AE-59


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