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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) found a reason to push for the upgrade of military equipment and other capabilities as part of its responsibility “to protect our country” in the light of North Korea’s failed rocket launch.

“North Korea will not stop in its experiments until a successful launch is achieved despite protests from the international community,” Dr Peter Paul Ruben Galvez, DND spokesman said in a press conference Friday.

“It is of our view that it is imperative that our government seriously consider upgrading and modernizing our forces, particularly our air defense capabilities, so that we are not solely dependent on our allies and other friends to protect our country and of course all of us,” Galvez said.

North Korea launched its rocket at about 6:50 a.m. (Philippine time), according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos.

The rocket flew for a few minutes before breaking into several pieces and crashing into the Yellow Sea just west of the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and Japan said in separate statements.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirmed in a statement that “the North Korean rocket launch has failed to complete its intended flight and fallen [into] the sea west of Korea. This location is far from the Philippines,” he said.

“We reiterate our call to the North Koreans to abide by the United Nations resolutions, turn away from exploring further ballistic missile experimentation and fully cooperate with the rest of the world,” Gazmin said.

Galvez said that they would proceed with the modernization in a “building block approach.”

“What we wish to happen is [to] fast track this and initially gain certain capabilities [even if] limited but get there as soon as possible,” he said.

Galvez said that they are studying many possibilities for air defense upgrade, “there could be surface-to-air [missile and] air-to-air [missile] capability. We’ll consider all those available in the market,” Galvez said.

Galvez believes that North Korea may continue with further rocket launches, “that’s why we continuously call on the North Koreans to abide by and cooperate with the community of nations and abide by United Nations’ resolutions.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/O26WCSJXPOHUYIHNG33FXSYWUU alain

    riding on the situation of the nokor rocket launch to upgrade of DND is a stupid idea, it should be done long ago…

    • I_kabod

       dati ng bulok ang milatary natin.  so all administrations including pnoy’s are stupid?

      • jose_rizal11

        kaw na kaw na ang mag presidente!!!! sa eleksyon tumakbo ka ha baka ikaw ung solusyon ng problema ng pinas!!!!!

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

        no President, no War !!!

      • I_kabod

        hahaha mainit ka sa akin ah. siguro bata ka ng tongressman! uyyy apekted!hehehe

  • boypalaban

    bawasan nyo ang kurakot sa AFP at sa PNP sigurado matitindi ang magiging armas nyo niyan.

    • I_kabod

      e kung pork barrel kaya ang gamitin? lahat i-allocate sa DND hehehe

      • boypalaban

        pwede rin, basta lahat ng pwede makurakot, wag nang ibigay sa mga opisyal at pulitiko…malamang aangat buhay ng mga pilipino. karamihan kasi sa mga pulitiko at opisyal ng AFP,PNP at gobyerno ang habol lang talaga ay PERA, KAPANGYARIHAN, PASARAP BUHAY….CONCERN? SA SARILI NILA AT SA PAMILYA NILA AT SA MGA KABIT NILA…PERO SA MGA ORDINARYONG TAO….NASA ISIP NG MGA YAN: “Manigas Kayo!”

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

        di mag-coup deta’t ang mga Tongressmans !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DI3QGCJEEFK52CT4DTQ7I5SRUE Neil

    USELESS…Kahit bumili tayo ng ilang SQUADRON ng F16 fighters,  ilang bilang ng barko-de gera (frigate), hindi pa rin ito ang solution para “MAPROTEKTAHAN ang ATING BANSA.”  Lalo lamang titindi ang armed race sa rehiyon.  Baka pamporma, hindi magamit at maging INUTIL lamang.

    HIGHY MODERNIZED at ADVANCE warfare na ang military capabilities ng CHINA at NORTH KOREA,  mga itinuturing daw na mga kaaway ng Pilpinas..   PAGWAWALDAS lang ng salapi at resources at  makikinabang lang dito ay ang SUPPLIER at KUMPANYA ng armas (military hardware. Magnet lamang sa atake mula sa mga kaaway ng Pinas ang mga military hardware na ating mabibili.

    Mas ang tutukan siguro natin ang mga kagamitan sa rescue, operation para sa paghahanda ng trahedya at disaster (MODERNONG KASANGKAPAN).  Nasa PACIFIC RING of FIRE at pumapangalawa tayo sa mundo sa pinakaVULNERABLE sa mga dilubyo ng kalamaidad.  

    Mas mainam siguro kung mayroon tayong ilang dosena ng CHINOOK HELICAPTER (cargo at transport helicopter),  PANGHAKOT, pangCIVILIAN at pang-EMERGENCY…

    • jose_rizal11

      hahahaha wtf ang galing mo, parang sinabi mo na pag nagkagulo pabubugbug ka na lng sa mga tsekwa!!! mag isip muna bago mag magaling ha! lol

    • gilrene

      Tama talagang padamihan ng armas, yon ang tawag ng panahon. Anong laban natin, niyuyurakan na ang bansang Pilipinas, basta na lang aangkinin ang ating pag-aari, kung mapwersa tayo gagawin ba ng China ito? Binabastos tayo ng China dahil wala tayong panlaban sa kanila. Kaya kahit paano lahat ng Asian countries mag build up ng sandatahang pambansa nila laban sa China at magkaisa dahil ang China ay ang makabagong conqueror ngayon. Pasensya na mga Pilipinong Insik pero ito ang katotohanan galing na rin sa salita nila na lahat ng China sea sa kanila (kahit na tubig malapit sa isang bansa), paglawig mo sa China sea kahit isang isang daang metro lang galing sa lupa kanila na. Pag sa ibang bansa kahit Pilipino Chinese ka hindi ka tatawaging Pilipino, tatawagin kang Chinese. Alam mo na ang ibig sabihin ko.

  • WeAry_Bat

    At midnight, I happened to look up from the garage.  I saw a twinkling star moving fast from South to North…High-altitude reconnaissance sat? :)

    We might be going back to be the proxy nation in the 60s of the US, maybe hard to swallow for some…But between Tienamen and Hollywood, well, I don’t think anyone wants to be shot for protesting.  Oh, it happened here too..anyway.

    I smell U$ aid coming in…

  • PHtaxpayer

    Kinda silly for this DND story to write about upgrading our military when in reality, our military is really designed for anti-insurgency or in other words, protecting the incumbent administration more than defense of our international borders against external threats.

    Secondly, we have not yet solved the problem of corruption, incompetence and inefficiency in our military.  We had a Navy whistleblower Nancy Gadian that reveled anomalies in the disbursement of millions of funds for the the Balikatan exercises and other funds and this has not yet been solved.  We have way more captains than planes or ships, more first sergeants than there are platoons. more Generals than there are regiments and divisions.  In other words, we are top heavy in our organizations.  As a result, the military cannot even pay for the salaries and benefits of the rank-and-file.  So we have soldiers going to combat with substandard uniforms, ammunition and equipment.  Wounded soldiers are not treated right away because the Army lacks medical facilities and cannot afford to pay for private care of their wounded soldiers in battle.

    The discussion should be about efficiency, management, strategy and performance of our current armed forces.  Yet, all we read about is we need to spend and buy for new upgrades.  Well, if we don’t fix the problems I mentioned above, all those upgrades will just be wasted.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

      exactly !!!

  • BatangSingapore

    upgrade upgrade e matapos nyo pakita karuwagan ninyo sa chinese maritime surveillance hahahhahahha e pano pa kung mga de gera na makaharap ninyo?

    magambisyon kayo na ayon sa pagagamitan ng hinihiling ninyo.  kung puros lang kayo palamuti at gagamitin nyo pa sa corruption ninyo ay mas mabuting ipamigay nyo na lang sa mahihirap ang perang ipopondo ninyo ng sa gayon kami na lang lalaban sa mga kaaway ng bansa.

  • erick_1972

    Should have been done years ago  even after the Philippines deposed a president, It should not only on equipment,planes,ships armaments ,choppers ,and other vehicles . But the personnel , combatants much so to the non combatants. Engineers, doctors , researcher ,developers , and so forth..

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

    there you go, upgrade! upgrade! upgrade! oh yeah my wallet is empty lets do some upgrade.If I am the current President, I might ask the ASG to train our handsome soldiers ‘coz until now they are the underdog most of the time they exchange bullets.Where is the P80billion upgrade?does it help you guys?another Garcia on the run, this time much bigger!!!

    …my Dad and my Uncle were in Philippines Constabulary (PC) when they were fighting against HUKBALAHAP group with limited bullets but never complain the government.///

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Kung yung mga muklo at pula di kayang talunin, yung ibang bansa pa kaya?
    Kahit anong modernization, kung mali naman ang direksyon, bale wala din.
    Kaya walang respeto ang ibang bansa sa atin;
    yung mga panloob na kalaban di pa natin kayang aregluhin.

  • chingnarciso

    Just a little  comments  only. The Philippines government [some of them] are so corrupt and wasteful,They will take this situation to enrich themselves again,we need to modernize our arm forces,and we need to buy more weapon to protect our sovereignty,You don’t have to buy a weapon into bulks,just buy a couple of what you need,and reverse engineer it,and upgrade the software so that  you don’t have to pay the licensing fee from the manufacturing,I know that so many Pilipinos are so smart who can do this,only things that they have to need is the backing of the Government program.That’s what the chinese did,they copy everything they had and build it into cheaper one..even North Korea and other nations are doing this…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    What for???….To buy 10 Warship like “GREGORIO DEL PILAR” upon which at the later end WILL RUN AWAY AGAINST CHINESE SURVAILANCE SHIP? We need to upgrade our INTEGRITY…COURAGE…and PATRIOTISM among Military personnel….So,better NEVER announce something if you don´t have MUSCLES to prove everything!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Remember,basta malapit na ang election which involves MONEY,they have to release a press that will cover the real truth how the transaction of money goes?….Nandyan ang pag-release ng pork barrel….nandyan ang paglabas ng pera for construction of roads…Hay naku! Kumita na yan! At inuunahan ko na na mauulit ang mga balitang ito before 2016…”Kasi eleksyon eh!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hannah-Yusay/100003071698894 Hannah Yusay

     right now philippine’s is sitting ducks, they need someone with a military background to be the president, just increase the troops big time and give them rifle and granades, philippines is the underdog but make sure to make the enemy pay for every inch they step in our soil.  To the philippine government pls grab your balls and squeez make sure its still there



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