Duterte hopes to complete PAF modernization by 2022

Duterte hopes to complete PAF modernization by 2022

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  vows to leave a modern and credible Philippine Air Force (PAF) when he leaves Malacanang.

The President in a speaking engagement in the 72nd anniversary of the Philippine Air Force at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Duterte he hopes the modernization programs of the PAF will all be completed before he steps down in 2022.

“I am hoping and praying that before my remaining three years will expire, that all of these things especially the labeled ‘Horizon Projects’ of yours will be completed during my term,” Duterte said.

Multi-Role Fighter F-16 (photo credit to owner)

“I want to leave the office of the presidency with an assurance to myself that I leave the functions, pass it on to the next whoever he will be,” he added.

The Chief Executive is referring to the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program, which involves PHP139-billion worth of projects including the procurement of utility vehicles, drones and other command and control fixed-wing aircraft, among others.

Dutertereiterates that hewants the modernization program competed because he is not sure that his successor will be of the same priorities with respect to the AFP modernization.

Gusto ko lang kumpletuhin ‘yan baka ang susunod sa akin (I just want to complete it because maybe my successor) would not be a fellow of like-minded. He might have other priorities,” Duterte said.

Duterte clarifies that his desire to have a modern and credible Air Force does not mean the government has “exceedingly plenty of money” but just enough to acquire what is needed.
“I am not saying that we have exceedingly plenty of money. But God has been kind to us. We have almost --- the thing --- ah the money or the things that we need that are immediate and urgent,” Duterte said

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Report from PNA

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