“You know I have been talking to some of the congressmen, I told them, we should increase our budget, we have been underfunded for the past 50 years so that we cannot buy modern equipment,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a press briefing this week.
The National Defense chief is aiming to double country’s defense spending.
“Well we are now (allocating) maybe 1.2 percent (of gross domestic product GDP), if they will double that to 2.4 percent or 2.5 percent, we’ll be very happy with that,” he said.
He cited Singapore which is allocating around 3 percent of its GDP. “That’s why they have more aircraft, more ships, they have more of everything, including 50 urban protection vehicles which they bought in France for 3 million Singaporean dollars each. They also have tanks. Their only problem is that they don’t have any area for exercises,” Lorenzana said.
He noted that due to low budget allocation, the Philippine military is very far behind its Southeast Asian neighbors. with PNA
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