P18.976B used to buy jet fighters ‘well-spent’
Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV said that the money used to purchase a dozen FA-50 jet fighters from South Korea was indeed “well-spent” as it is a big step towards the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The former military man who was behind the Oakwood Mutiny believes that the procurement of the brand-new multirole combat aircraft from the Korea Aerospace Industries Inc. (KAI) valued at P18.976 billion would address the country’s aerial security needs.
“Definitely, it will be a money well-spent. As a lead-in fighter, it is relatively cheap and suits our security needs,” he said.
“We should look at this purchase as a big step to the modernization of our Armed Forces so that it could better fulfill its role,” he stressed.
President Benigno S. Aquino III and South Korean President Park Geun-hye agreed to finalize and expedite the procurement and the delivery of the jets, which seek to enhance the capability of the Philippine Air Forces in guarding the skies.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who accompanied the President in his two-day visit to Korea said they hope to complete the military acquisition before the year ends.