Duterte : Budget $7.6 billion Philippine military upgrade!

Duterte : Budget $7.6 billion Philippine military upgrade. MANILA (REUTERS) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos (S$7.6 billion) to modernise the outdated military, defence officials said. A previous 15-year upgrade plan failed to take off in the mid-1990s, leaving the Philippines with outdated hardware, including warships from World War II and helicopters used by the United States in the Vietnam War. “We have the go signal now to buy brand new equipment, like fighters, drones, light tanks, radar, an additional frigate and a submarine to boost our defence capability,” said a defence official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media. The previous administration of Benigno Aquino spent about $

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