- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that they are eyeing to spend P35 billion for AFP modernization
- P25 billion of it will be coming from the P3.757 trillion national budget
- However, the netizens did not agree about this
The Department of National Defense (DND) is eyeing to spend P35 billion for new weapons and equipment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). KAMI learned that as per Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, P25 billion is from the P3.757 trillion national budget.
In addition, the P10 billion will be coming from the revenues of Bases Conversion and Development Authority, an agency where they transform former military bases and properties into centers of economic growth as reported by GMA News.
“The government has allocated P25 billion,excluding 'yung kikitain natin sa BCDA which is at P10 million. 'Yung P35 billion ang ating gagamitin next year. We have to live with that, kasi nga napakahirap mag-procure eh,” Lorenzana said.
"So we submitted a proposal for the procurement of equipment for the next five years which is P292 billion so almost P300 bilion 'yun. Pero wish list lang namin yun," he added.
As reported by Bombo Radyo, Lorenzana said that the allocated budget is not yet enough but they will try to maximize it.
“The process is too tedious, Ngayon, 'yung ating budgeting system na in-introduce ni [Budget] Secretary Diokno is only one year. Dapat ubusin mo talaga nang one year 'yan. Otherwise, mawawala sa iyo eh. So we will find out how we will be able to use up the P25 billion and the P10 billion from BCDA,” the Defense Secretary said.
“Sabi ko nga, pagpasok pa lang ng 2019, dapat umpisahan na natin 'yung procurement process dahil nga it takes time e, especially for big ticket items like helicopters, ships...the gestation period is very long," he added.
However, the netizens did not agree with the DND’s budget. Here are some of their comments on the Facebook page of GMA News:
“Sana ibili talaga ng modern weapons at Hindi napupunta sa maling bulsa. We need to strengthen our Military for the security of our country.”
“35 billion para sa modernization ng AFP? Maliit pa yan. Kulang para sa mga barko, eroplano, tangke at armas. Sa DILG nga 20 billion CCTV lang yun. Sa mga mambabatas naman 75 billion singit budget lang yun. Dapat gawing 120 billion kasi seguridad at depensa ng bansa yan.”
“Aanhin naman ang armas?? ni nanginginig nga na lumaban sa china..wag na sayang ang kwarta ng bayan!!”
“Pagawa n lng kayo ng shipyard para gumawa ng sariling barkong pandigma ang pilipinas maraming mgagaling n pilipinong welders engineers at naval architect”
“Bantayan mabuti ang mga iyan. Baka mapunta na naman sa kamay ng kaaway ng estado.”
“kahit ilang billion pa yan kung bahag buntot ng pinas sa china e walang silbe yan. defense upgrade pa? tinataboy nga lang mga pinoy sa sariling teritoryo e “
“Bili nalang ng maraming bigas. Para pagkain . Hindi naman tayo makipag digma. Mag gawa nalang ng 100 storey condominium para sa mga pulubi walang bahay. E develop nalang sa modernisation sa farming sa ating bansa .”
“Sana sa susunod ung Pilipinas namn ang nagawa at nagpapaunlad ng sariling modernong armas para hindi na bili pa ng bili”
In a previous report by KAMI, Lorenzana mentioned about speaking with Miss Universe Catriona Gray to be part of Armed Forces of the Philippines. According to Lorenzana, Gray can be a military reservist.
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