DND signs P1.3-billion contract for naval helicopters

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The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it had signed a P1.3-billion ($32-million) contract for the acquisition of three Italian-made helicopters for the Philippine Navy, a move that, according to the defense chief, shows a “louder and clearer” intent to modernize the military.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin announced the modernization move as China sent its first patrol vessel to disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), where Chinese patrols would board, search and expel foreign ships starting Jan. 1.

China’s southern Hainan province, from where China administers the West Philippine Sea, said in late November that maritime patrols would strictly enforce new border rules, but respect freedom of navigation in the sea.

Italian deal

Gazmin said the Philippines would purchase three multipurpose AW helicopters from AugustaWestland SPA of Italy “in a concrete step toward the fulfillment of our goal to modernize the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces in general.”

He also announced the signing of a P300.780-million ($7.33 million) contract with Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. for the acquisition of 60 1.5-ton field ambulances and 12 5-ton trucks for the Philippine Army.

Gazmin said the purchases show the Philippines’ “louder and clearer” intent to modernize its military.

The Philippines is also getting a second warship, the 45-year-old Hamilton-class BRP Ramon Alcaraz, which is expected to arrive from the United States early next year after undergoing repairs and refurbishing.

Gazmin said the military entered into a negotiated contract agreement with AugustaWestland SPA for the three naval choppers costing a total of P1.3 billion.

He said he approved the contract on Dec. 20, more than two weeks after the DND bids and awards committee recommended the signing of the notice of award.

Gazmin said the agreement was allowed under the government procurement law.

On Nov. 28, the Naval Helicopter Acquisition Project Negotiating Committee declared that the Italian supplier was the “single calculated and responsive proponent after going through the process of a negotiated procurement,” Gazmin said.

“The Italian Ministerio Della Difesa conducted a review of AugustaWestland’s proposal for the procurement of AW 109 Power helicopter, including related logistics support, and found out that the price per helicopter ‘seems to have been progressively reduced,’ meaning they were sold cheaper,” he said.

Gazmin said he approved the contract for the ambulances and trucks with Kia Motors on Nov. 20.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa signed the contract for the military.

Kia deal

Gazmin said the deal with Kia Motors was made through a Memorandum of Understanding on Logistics and Defense Industry Cooperation between Korea and the Philippines.

“The purchase of these field ambulances will greatly help in saving the lives of our soldiers who are out there fighting for our nation and the Filipino people,” Gazmin said.

“In the same sense, we can use these to help in our disaster rescue and relief operations to aid our beleaguered countrymen and help save a lot of lives,” he added.—With a report from AP

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  • im_earth

    kailan ideliver ang naval helicopters na yan?

  • Albert Einstien

    NOYNOYING govt should read this NEWS: 12/2612 China announced early this week that it will invest more than $1.6 BILLION or P 66 BILLION pesos.. to build infrastructure, including an airport and piers, on the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea …KATUMBAS na yan ng BOUNG AFP modernization budget for 5 YEARS…

    CORY ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED CHINA intrusion in 1987 to our Kagitingan Reef then .. they are NOW CLAIMING the whole SCS.

    The Geology and Mineral Resources Ministry of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has estimated that the Spratly area holds oil and natural gas reserves of 17.7 billion tons (1.60 × 1010 kg), as compared to the 13 billion tons (1.17 × 1010 kg) held by Kuwait, placing it as the fourth largest reserve bed in the world. These large reserves assisted in intensifying the situation and propelled the territorial claims of the neighboring countries.In 1968, the Philippines stationed troops on three islands which had been claimed by the adventurer Tomas Cloma as part of Freedomland On 11 March 1976, the first major Philippine oil discovery occurred off the coast of Palawan, near the Spratly Islands territory. As of 2010, these oil fields accounted for fifteen percent of all petroleum consumed in the Philippines.The government has received a total of P228.45 billion from the Malampaya gas-to-power project off Palawan since the complex began producing natural gas commercially in 2002.

    OBSERVATION STATIONS & resource study experts February 1987, commissioned by the Chinese government, establishing five marine observation stations. China Nansha station is located in the “Kagitingan Reef” to the Filipino to china Fiery Cross Reef.In early February 1988, the China Construction forces launched the construction of NO.74 ocean observatory on”Kagitingan Reef” . To guarantee the security of the establishment of the station site from 18 January to 14 March 1988, the South China Sea Fleet entered the Spratly Islands.then AFTER china established structures in SPRATLY ….cory INSTEAD of PROTESTING & sending the NAVY….she choose to go to her relatives in CHINA……” When President Cory came to Hongjian Village in 1988 she planted an araucaria tree (a genus of coniferous evergreen) to commemorate her visit. She also lighted incense at the altar of the Ancestral Temple of the Xu (Co) Clan. She was quoted as having remarked “I am the President, but I am also the daughter of Hongjian Village” ( news item )

    but VIETNAM protested fiercly while CORY visited her blood relatives at the time we are LOSING POSSESSION of our territories…..so RP now is in DILEMNA how can we KICK -OUT GIANT prc china in spratly..

    .PNOY-TRILLANES secret deals with china is all in the news..after backdoor deals..china established govt on our islands in july 2012…NOW under PNOY again..e-passports of china now CLAIM our territory as their own..If only cory sent the AFP like what marcos did …CHINA now will not be claiming our territories…

    not only Cory-Pnoy tandem that we are losing territories in scs…..but EVEN RP’s MARCOS RECLAIM of SABAH which has potential to produce 1 million barrel of oil a day..was EXPOSED by NINOY AQUINO jr..( father of Pnoy ).. Ninoy is well known to be friends of Malaysian leaders like tunku Ismail Ibrahim & Sultan Iskandar ……..(In fact ,ninoy is a friend to malaysia EVEN during marcos time …on his clandestine with fake passports ( not heroic in fact that is a crime on itself ….. ) returned to RP sought the help of malaysians…in august 1983 ( route from Boston, via Los Angeles to Singapore met Tunku Ibrahim Ismail of Johor, then they proceeded to Johor met with other Malaysian leaders & with Sultan Iskandar …( wikipedia).

  • Albert Einstien

    i’m WONDERING why the AFP was ONLY given ..75 billion pesos in 5 years or $365 million per year on the AFP modernization ……that is SHORT of GIVING AWAY RP to CHINA on a SILVER PLATTER….alam naman nilang nasa PANATAG na ang china…….kung hintayin ang 15 years pa ubos na ang filipino non….ANYTIME pwede na lumanding sa manila at mainland luzon ang china….2013 is very CRITICAL for us…..so SAD!our navy cant swim, our airforce cant fly, our army cant walk………..we have an UN-APPROPRIATED $ 84 billion fc reserve ( courtesy of OFWs & BPO ) and it will increase by $ 22-25 billion a year from OFW remittance & $12 billion a year fron BPO..& $ 1.1- 1.5 billion from malampaya a year …we must give it to AFP to build & develop NUCLEAR CAPABILITY …or we can buy 13 aircraft carriers : The TOP Nimitz-class carriers cost only $6.2 billion each to produce. or..we can buy already …4,823 – F16s: military specifications; around 17Million U.S Dollars each Why Pnoy govt is still NOYNOYING…ARM the AFP NOW….give the $83 billion FC reserves to AFP nowwe can have at least 13 aircraft carriers or 4,823 F16s already with the excess $ 83 billion fc reserve… without TOUCHING our 2 TRILLION NATIONAL BUDGET, oil & mining production income & LGU INCOME….pnoy govt so INCOMPETENT…!It’s WORTH it beside from protecting territory & national pride…With the above FIREPOWER ….we can also get : the .$26.3-Trillion Oil Reserves ..Country’s Untapped Deposits Mostly In Spratlys Philippines News Agency April 25, 2012, MANILA, Philippines- The Philippines is “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at $26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.Also if we are able to claim SABAH… It has the potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day,” “The estimated reserves from the present Sabah oilfields is 1.4 billion barrels of oil and 7.7 trillion scf of gas.” ..dapat KABATAAN na lang magpatakbo ng gobyerno..matulog at maglaro na lang mga PULPUL na LIDERS natin…grabe!

    • NAP67

      Article II, Sec. 17 of the 1986 Philippine Constitution provides that the State places the military below other sectors such as education and sets the policy that in the allocation of resources, social development is prioritized over military spending.

      • Albert Einstien

        maybe you are referring to chinese consittution..BUT

        1987 philippine constitution art II section 4 states that ” The PRIME duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people”… : > ).

  • JK1000

    Ang mga helicopters na iyan from Italy ay ginagamit sa pang rescue, Sana bumili sila ng mga high speed attack helicopters para ma upgrade ang AFP.

  • arao_liwanag

    Biglang yaman sina Noynoy, Gazmin at Delosa sa commission at kickback. Modernization, PWE. Ang tunay na modernization, ay ikaw ang gumagawa ng sarili mong gamit. Hindi yong namimili ka ng hindi lang obsolete kundi scrap na barko. At kung ambulansya lang ang kailangan, kaya yan gawin ng Hommer at Sarao. Ang helicopter ng Italy ay never heard sa quality.

  • jamesgeorge

    One question! Why can”t we buy all of our equipment needs from one single dependable and quality supplier with technology transfer on credit or lay away payment plan? If we can do this,not only would our equipment be assured of proper maintenance,parts supply and the maximum utilization for a credible defense but also our own knowledge and technology to produce our own equipment in the future! There”s France,Italy,Spain,Poland and England and many others who would be willing to do this so, maybe we could get these equipment from 2 to 3 suppliers and be able to stretch our funds and acquire a complete set?

  • maniniyot kho

    Kawawang Pilipinas para tayong namimili sa isang tindahan ng tingi-tingi, hindi pa ba natin kaya ang dose-dosena? Ganoon  paman o.k. nalang yung pautay-utay…hehehehe

  • okayayonip

    Khia motors… I’m very much doubtful if it last for 5yrs. japanese brands are more reliable and durable.

    • truth_will_set_us_free

      I AGREE. BUY FROM THE BEST.

  • 444mangyan888

    ambulances from khia..??
    why can’t we not make it here ourselves..? if the gov’t want to run it in brand new engines, then we can import it. The transmissions and other ancillary parts are available already. As to assembling it, fabricators in Bulacan can even copy a bently car, so there would be no problem about that. It’s a matter of synergising our talents and letting engineers do the thinking.
    Pulos abogado kase nag iisip eh, kaya ayun kahit teknikal ang suheto ang solusyun palpak..!!

  • sigena

    sigurado may nabigyan ng lamborghini sa DND after the signing ng contracts

  • tata_boy

    ano ang magagawa ng tatlong helicopter? WALA…… Gazmin hindi kami bobo, puwede ba?

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      S&R helicopter yan kasama ng barko and multipurpose na din.. ano ba naman ang gusto nyo… 2nd hand ang bilhin para madami…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         Di ba ibig sabihin ng S&R ay search and rescue? Ano ang kaibahan ng civilian at military S&R helicopter? paki-explain nga kasi yan ang parati mong sinasabi para ipagtanggol nyo pangungurakot nyo!

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        GMG mo !!! kahit anong explain naman gawin sa inyong mga talangka ang pag iisip wala pa din papasok…

  • Practicalandconcerned

    I think even if the Chinese will knock on the front doors of malacanyang…they would just stand still…

  • carlorocci

    Gazmin said the Philippines would purchase three multipurpose AW helicopters from AugustaWestland SPA of Italy “in a concrete step toward the fulfillment of our goal to modernize the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces in general.”
    Maganda ito mabilis na mai-rescue yun mga sugatan, kung sakaling matuloy ang giyera laban sa Tsina……Galing talaga mag-isip ng DND……

    Anong gamit ba dapat ang unang biling ng militar?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    The current price for one AW 109 Power helicopter is $6.3M ONLY, so why is it that the 3 helicopters cost a total of $32M when it should be only $18.9M? Kanino napunta ang $13.1M?

    Dapat 5 AW 109 helicopters ang $32M at hindi 3 lang!

    Search google for “cost of AW 109 Power helicopter” to see what I’m saying here.

    Baka naman hindi pa brandnew yang 3 helicopters na yan ha, Gazmin? Grabe!

    • yesyesyo

      Between gazmin and you I have trust in gazmin. You better petition in the senate or file proper charges in court if you see any corruption and you have evidence. Or you could just contact any media outlet and give them copies of your evidence, if you have any. If not, puro ka dada. You dont know what you are talking about.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

        Yesyyesyo, spokesman ka yata ng DND noh? Nasaktan ka ba kasi nahuli agad ang pangungurakot nyo? ang sabi ko di ba, Search google for “cost of AW 109 Power helicopter” to see what I’m saying here. o baka di ka pa marunong mag-search turuan kita!

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        FYI.. bumili ka na ba ng kotse? palagay mo ba pag bumili ka eh yun price lang ng kotse ang babayadan mo??? mag isip isip ka nga muna…

        Civilian version vs Militay version palaga mo sino mas mahal???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

        Government ang bibili di ba? Hindi nagbabayad ng buwis ang gobyerno. Tayo lang ordinary mamayan ang nagbabayd ng buwis para magkaroon ng pang gastos ang ating gobyerno! naintindihan mo na?

        Anong sinasabi mong civilian vs military version? rescue helicopter yang binibili nila! Meron k pang nalalamang civilian vs military? hahaha

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        Simple lang..mas matibay ang mga military spec equipment na gamit..ganon ba kahirap mag isip?

        Avionics lang mas mahal na ang para pang military na gamit… bat ka gagamit ng civilian radio equipment na walang encryption…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         “You better petition in the senate or file proper charges in court if you see any corruption and you have evidence.”

        Your reply is typical of someone who is caught red handed dipping on the government coffers. hahaha.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SS45ZT4JBPHZZ5FGDT4C7S3ORQ jonas c

      hahahha todo explain sa baba

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         Jonas, hindi covered sa taxation yan. kahit pa isali natin ang cost of delivery, di pa din aabot yan sa ganung halaga na binanggit nila kung walang corruption.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SS45ZT4JBPHZZ5FGDT4C7S3ORQ jonas c

        sa pinas oo e sa labas? hahaha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SS45ZT4JBPHZZ5FGDT4C7S3ORQ jonas c

        its still a private company sa france (i think) 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

        what are you talking about? so, you are trying to justify the amount of purchase by the DND? Show that there is still hidden amounts not included in the original unit cost of $6.3M. Show that when you buy an airplane or helicopter from France or any other country that you are subject to taxation from the country of origin! This is the first time I’ve heard of this. I have tried my hands in importation before and there’s no such thing as tax from the country of origin outside of the quoted price of the seller. kasi kung meron pang dagdag na cost outside sa quoted price ay lokohan na yan! when a seller quotes you a price, included na tax dyan na babayaran nila sa country nila. iba naman yung tax natin pagdating dito. pero in this case, government natin ang nagpurchase kaya walang tax na babayaran.

      • regd

        What tax and custom charges? Why would the government who buys the product imposed duties or tax on themselves? 

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      the price you quated is for a civilian version…mas mahal kapag military version na ang bibilhin mo… isa pa..hindi lang naman helicopter ang bibilhin mo..nandyan pa ang parts, equipment, training…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         it’s a rescue helicopter and not an attack helicopter. Maybe a little training is needed but I think any Filipino helicopter pilot can easily fly that thing. As for the parts, dapat saka na yan kung brand new talaga binili nila. usually parts are included in the purchase if 2nd hand ang bibilhin.

      • adriel0104

        kasali ka siguro sa pagbili nang secong chopper ni mike kaya alam mo.

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        nah…bat ka gagamit ng Rescue helicopter na Civilian Spec..mag isip isip ka nga muna…

        S&R helicopters are all Military spec… lalo na at ilalagay sa barko yan…

        Saka hindi komo brand new hindi na kaagad oorder ng parts ano yan pupunta lang sa kanto at makakabili ng parts nyan…

      • makabayanofw

        marami tlaga kbabayan ntin satsat ng satsat pra lng mka-argumento..search and rescue helo military version mas mahal s civilian dahil iba specs nun hardware at avionics kakabitan p yan syempre ng armament as option..s procurement ksama din spare parts n ilang flying hours lng papalitan n, training ng piloto, ground maintenance team..

        agree ako s pananaw mo brod!

    • regd

      Note di dapat kasali any tax duties dyan (ba’t magbabayad ang gobyerno?). Kahit included ang insurance and shipment costs malabo ang $32M more like $22M! And you’re buying 3 not 1, dapat me discount! Somethings wrong somewhere?

    • adriel0104

      puntahan mo nga lolo mike mo at dilaan mo ang itlog nya.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

      ito ang matuwid na panot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    Lumalala n ng husto ang sitwasyon, corruption pa din inaatupag ng mga nasa katungkulan! Ano b naman yan?! Bwisit!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    F-18 Fighter Jets
    Unit cost: $66.9M

    Aircraft Carrier Nimitz Class
    Unit cost: $6.2Billion

    Attack Helicopter Boeing AH-64 Apache
    Unit cost: $15M

    Now with $83Billion in OFW reserve funds that we have, we can truly modernize our AFP by buying the following:

    100 F-18s = $6.7Billion
    1 aircraft carrier = $6.2Billion
    200 Apache Helicopters = $3billion
    Other necessary Military equipments = $2billion
    Total = $18billion

    Hindi yung bibili kayo ng overpriced RESCUE Helicopters! Tapos sasabihin nyo na modernization program na yan! TALAGA NAMAN KAYO OO!

    • yyzxyz

      They look affordable to procure.  How is the Philippines going to sustain the operational cost of these firepower?

      Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

        Look, it’s $18billion total. even if the philippines will spend another $18billion for the operational cost that you mentioned, kaya pa din. Ang point dito na dapat wala ng lokohan. kung gusto talagang i-modernize seriously ang AFP natin, kayang kaya natin sans these corrupt officials!

      • arao_liwanag

        Bakit pera ba ng militar yan? Pera nyo ba yan mga adviser kanin magsalsal na lang kayo.

      • truth_will_set_us_free

         A FIFTH COLUMN IS AMONGST US. PERIOD.

    • adriel0104

      if during your grandma gloria and grandpa mike  admin for sure it’s overpriced.and dami kasi nanakaw ang prandparents mo kaya nagkaganito ang pinas.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Ubos na siguro Bonus mo…ubos ubos biyaya ka eh..mag impok ka muna..puro ka gastos..bibili ka ng ganyan kamahal.. paano na bukas..wala ka ng pangbili ng piyesa

    • Albert Einstien

      nice budgeting hannah  …..but why $18 billion only we have $84 billion reserve & growing by the day.. …lol……..but slightly used F16’s with a price tag of $9 million each will GIVE us 9,335 F 16’s that will scare HELL out of the WORLD..we just SEND hara-kiri F16s on all their INDUSTRIAL & MILITARY complex & hardware including their carriers…..that will cost less & win the armed conflict just in case…we will be owning the entire scs……lol 

  • Albert Einstien

    WHAT is this DND ?…Gazmin said the military entered into a negotiated contract agreement with AugustaWestland SPA for the three naval choppers costing a total of P1.3 billion…..is this TRUE did you canvass for the price?

    choppers are SITTING DUCKS…..they are only GOOD for TRANSPORTING executives & politicians for MEDIA & propaganda show……money spent is a WASTE..

    why choppers when can you get fighter planes for the same price? 

    BRAND new F16 cost ONLY $17 mllion…but U.S &  MOST of its allies are selling they can sell their SLIGHTLY-used F16’s half the price coz they are UPGRADING their air power……..so why get a USELESS chopper when you can get superb  FIGHTER PLANES for the defense of territory..?

    • http://www.google.com/ EdmunDantes

      Because choppers are more advantageous to planes, especially when it comes to Philippine topography. 

    • batangsulpok

      Mga helicopters ang gusto nila para pang-transport ng mga VIP’s at mga Misis kaya pag may mga disasters, walang magamit.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

      f 16 cost 60m to 80m. 17m was the price in 1980.

      • Albert Einstien

        F-16A/B: US$14.6 million (1998 dollars )

  • regd

    Now why would a measly 3 helicopters be enough to be considered a show of strength?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

       hehehe. tapos rescue helicopters pa! sana man lang attack helicopters! hehehe grabe!

      • tilney

        Mabuti sa iyo basahin mo muna yon article..Yon rescue ay  mga ambulance na bibilhin from KIA of South Korea. Multi Purpose yon mga helicopters but from what I understand ay para sa Hamilton cutters na maging frigate yon.Ibig sabihin meron pa isa  Hamilton cutter na bibilhin late 2013.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         Kaw ang magbasa ng mabuti! First paragraph:

        “The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it had signed a
        P1.3-billion ($32-million) contract for the acquisition of three
        Italian-made helicopters
        for the Philippine Navy”

        Oh, yan nabasa mo na? Kung di mo naintindihan, sabihin mo lang at itranslate ko sa tagalog para sayo! hahaha

      • jon_wainwright

         pakitagalog po hannah, baka sakaling pagtranslate mo, lumabas doon ang “RESCUE HELICOPTERS”.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

         Jon, search mo na lang sa google kung ano ang AW 109 Power helicopter, ok? pagod na ako sa kakasagot sa mga walang alam kasi.

      • jon_wainwright

         salamat hannah inutusan mo ako mag-google, madami tuloy akong natutunan tungkol sa helicopter na bibilhin ng gobyerno. Tama ka naman na ginagamit ito sa pagrescue, pero natutunan ko din naman na hindi lang pang rescue ang kayang gawin ng helicopter na ito.  Tama nga si kaibigang tilney na ito ay isang “Multipurpose” na sasakyang panghimpapawid.  Sa katunayan, ito’y maaring gawing military helicopter na kinakabitan ng mga armas tulad ng ginawa ng mga bansang South Africa, Sweden, New Zealand, at Malaysia. Ngunit ang pangunahing pag-gamit dito sa binili nating helicopter ay iyong “Naval” use, o iyong maaring maglanding sa mga barkong galing Amerika (Hamilton Class).  Maari din itong lagyan ng mga armas, kung kinakailangan. 
        pasensya ka na kung napagod ka namin ha? marami sa amin dito inaamin naman na kulang ang kaalaman pagdating sa ibang bagay, kung kaya’t natutuwa kami sa mga masisipag magpaliwanag, lalo na’t walang halong insulto.

      • Pluma Mana

         gagamitin pangrescue ng mga stranded chinese fishermen…..hehehe

    • http://www.google.com/ EdmunDantes

      Well, at least there is the “intention” to show strength. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

        Baka mga benta na naman ni Miguel Arroyko yan na mga bulok na helicopter, overpriced pa.

  • Pluma Mana

    “The Philippines is also getting a second warship, the 45-year-old Hamilton-class BRP Ramon Alcaraz,”

    this is just like buying a pentium mmx pc when all our neighbooring countries have 3rd gen i7 pc….kawawang pilipinas!!!

    • regd

      Parang porsche kalaban ang bisikleta. 
      Ironically PNoy has a porsche. So, I don’t know, I’m just lost what happen in between then.

  • http://www.google.com/ EdmunDantes

    If this were the Red Alert game my son always plays, this is just about the time when the computer says:

    Insufficient funds. Please collect more minerals. 

  • mon key

    The Filipino People should ask Juan Ponce Enrile what the H3LL happened to our military. He is the longest (self) serving government functionary. He should be able to give a very good answer why we are lagging behind! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      He never bought any new one, kaya tora-tora meron nung panahon nya dahil nagconcentrate sya sa pagkamal ng yaman through smuggling, illegal mining and logging in Cagayan.

  • Albert Einstien

    STOP making PROPAGANDA….ACT NOW!

    what is the NOYNOYING GOVT DOING?i’m WONDERING why the AFP was ONLY given ..75 billion pesos in 5 years or $365 million per year on the AFP modernization ……that is SHORT of GIVING AWAY RP to CHINA on a SILVER PLATTER….alam naman nilang nasa PANATAG na ang china…….kung hintayin ang 15 years pa ubos na ang filipino non….ANYTIME pwede na lumanding sa manila at mainland luzon ang china….2013 is very CRITICAL for us…..so SAD!our navy cant swim, our airforce cant fly, our army cant walk………..we have an UN-APPROPRIATED $ 84 billion fc reserve ( courtesy of OFWs & BPO ) and it will increase by $ 22-25 billion a year from OFW remittance & $12 billion a year fron BPO..& $ 1.1- 1.5 billion from malampaya a year …we must give it to AFP to build & develop NUCLEAR CAPABILITY …or we can buy 13 aircraft carriers : The TOP Nimitz-class carriers cost only $6.2 billion each to produce. or..we can buy already …4,823 – F16s: military specifications; around 17Million U.S Dollars each Why Pnoy govt is still NOYNOYING…ARM the AFP NOW….give the $83 billion FC reserves to AFP nowwe can have at least 13 aircraft carriers or 4,823 F16s already with the excess $ 83 billion fc reserve… without TOUCHING our 2 TRILLION NATIONAL BUDGET, oil & mining production income & LGU INCOME….pnoy govt so INCOMPETENT…!It’s WORTH it beside from protecting territory & national pride…With the above FIREPOWER ….we can also get : the .$26.3-Trillion Oil Reserves ..Country’s Untapped Deposits Mostly In Spratlys Philippines News Agency April 25, 2012, MANILA, Philippines- The Philippines is “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at $26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty.Also if we are able to claim SABAH… It has the potential to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day,” “The estimated reserves from the present Sabah oilfields is 1.4 billion barrels of oil and 7.7 trillion scf of gas.” ..dapat KABATAAN na lang magpatakbo ng gobyerno..matulog at maglaro na lang mga PULPUL na LIDERS natin…grabe!

    • PHtaxpayer

      I wouldn’t trust the AFP with our FC funds.  I would rather they spend it on free education, creating jobs, infrastructure, increasing the export and manufacturing sector and other social programs.  P-Noy needs to clean up the govt and especially the AFP of graft and corruption FIRST before increasing their budget.  Otherwise, its just a waste of taxpayer’s money.

      • Albert Einstien

        me too..but we are in an imminent danger of foreign invasion..in fact china already invaded our outer island territories….desperate times call for desperate measures….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5Z7WY2SAGBHI6AA7PV2QIZP5A Renz Roger

     AW 109 for navy?kaya ba nito mag detect ng enemy submarine?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    Why only three? It should be three hundred, and another 800 fighter planes! Three is is just for personal transport of generals.

  • Fulpol

    3 helos? then so called modernization?

    and worth 1.3 billion? 

    it won’t survive in the battlefield… but it can be used for rescue.. AFP and Navy is turning to be like Phil Red Cross, the rescue organization..

  • Fulpol

    BS Aquino III is turning AFP and Navy into obsolete and irrelevant organization…

    turning to become a rescue organization…

  • Fulpol

    AFP and Navy, the rescue organization…

  • Mamang Pulis

    wow!!

    perfect na si pnoy sa project nya–

    may air asset na rin ulit ang navy

    modern na!

    pede na humarap sa insekto!

  • Practicalandconcerned

    Well those things can cost 6 to even 10 million dollars but 12 million each where is the savings they are talking about and even concerning they said LUH and what we got is power helicopter…thats a step down…So folks its the kind of vigilance we need to watch out…we need it but we also dont need to be completely ran over.

  • divictes

    For the same price, we could have two potent KA 50 Blacksharks. But for purchasing AW109s, two possibilities: first, the navy may need the choppers as over the horizon target acquisition platforms for ASMs, that is IF they will acquire ASMs. Second, the top brass and VIPs need fast getaway vehicles when the s_it hit the fan.

  • Albert Einstien

    we have $84 billion reserve & growing by the day.. ……….but slightly used F16’s( brand new is $17million )  with a price tag of $9 million each will GIVE us SUPERB 9,335 fighter  F 16’s planes  that will scare HELL out of the WORLD……we just SEND hara-kiri F16s on all their INDUSTRIAL & MILITARY complex & hardware including their carriers…..that will cost less & win the armed conflict just in case..there is china  aggression….we will be owning the entire scs……lol

    the CRAZY part is they are buying 3 SITTING DUCK choppers.& giving only $365 million a year for AFP modernization…yet they are PANICKING that china is ALREADY at panatag & spratly….it SEEMS the PNOY-CHINOY govt is GIVING AWAY the RP to china On a SILVER PLATTER!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4PIU2AIGVXJNQ4UBH5X64MSFE mr

      I don’t get it, why can’t Abnoy’s government demand for free F-16 since Egypt, a useless US ally in the Middle East led by extremist Muslim Brotherhood under Morsi has 240 F-16 and getting another free 20 new one and a $1.5 billion in aid, while the Philippines are getting all the obsolete Coast Guard cutters and C-130. As one of the US allies in the Pacific and Asia, time to demand more with US and also get those free patrol ships offered by Japan.

      • Albert Einstien

        maybe because pnoy & cory are CHINESE blood?

      • Pinoy1960

        Because the US wants the PHL to continue to be dependent on the latters’ external defense. US wants to have a permanent base in Mindanao for its forward defense capabilities to support its military build-up in asia pacific to counter the growing military might of China.

      • mynnyx

        di tiwala ang us sa pinoy baka gamitin lang sa kalokohan…………halimbawa gagamitin ng nakaupo na manatili sa pwesto tulad ni marcos noon  tapos sisihin na naman ang kano kaya nagiingat lang sila…………..

    • mynnyx

      si pinoy magaling yan sa sex eduacation…………hahahahahaha kung paano gumamit ng condom………….

  • East_Crusader

    this is only good for internal conflict, such as support for ground troops against NPA and other insurgencies, can’t do big roles than rescue..

  • $31552910

    India is buying 71 Mi-17B-5 Hip helicopters worth $1.3 billion (about PHP 53.3 billion) and 42 Su-30MKI Flanker fighters worth $1.6 billion (about PHP 65.6 billion) from Russia.

  • $31552910

    Taiwan’s contract to upgrade 145 F-16A/B aircraft to the new F-16V, which includes AESA radar, was valued up to $1.85 billion (about PHP 75.85 billion).

  • $31552910

    In an arms deal worth $4.2 billion (about PHP 172.2 billion), Russia was to supply Iraq with 30 Mil Mi-28NE night/all-weather capable attack helicopters and 50 Pantsir-S1 gun-missile short-range air defense systems.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KIA OK YAN KAY SA MADE IN CHINA PULBUSIN ANG MGA INSEKTO!!

  • Albert Einstien

    $6.3 million cost a piece of AW 109 Power helicopter….or 756 million for 3 pieces..where the HELL is    more than HALF BILLION or 544 MILLION  …COA where are you..dnd please explain…i’m advocating that $84 billion reserve fc should be given to AFP….but please  BUY only those with DEFENSE  capablities like fighter planes NOT   OVERPRICED sitting duck GOLDEN choppers good only for PROPAGANDA &  TRANSPORTING officials, politicians & their mistresses…  

    • gagokayonglahat

      Sa sobrang talino mo, nagkakamali ka na sa pag spell ng apelyido mo.

      • Albert Einstien

        RULES: Usernames or pseudonyms based on another person’s identity, publicly known or otherwise, living or dead..are PROHIBITED!
        SOLUTION: IDEM SONANS….sound like or mis-spelling is ALLOWED…besides there is already a user account einstein…
        hope that i contributed a lot to your EDUCATION…. : > )

      • PHtaxpayer

         haha wow talagang matalino ka!

  • neverwint3r

    why are we not buying weapons and arms from russia who sells cheaper? a lot of countries like india are buying advanced aircraft and ships at discounted rates.

  • rgf_md

    Louder and Clearer ba kamo Sec. Para sa tatlong bare helicopters, ambulances and trucks. lol…

  • Pork_Republik

    Ano na naman iyan…cargo helicopter na naman putek. ASW helo without the ‘warfare’ part…ayusin niyo nagbabayad ako na buwis na dapat sana napupunta sa proteksyon ng bansa ko at hindi sa retirement bank account ni general senior sir.

    Buti pa iboto niyo ako as next president of the republic at sisiguraduhin ko bawat Filipino na isisilang may issue na assault rifle, granada at RPG.

    Chinese threat check, problem solve!

    • concern_filipino

      Basing on your trash analysis, “not” even your own mother will vote for you!!!

      • Pork_Republik

        Eh kung kapalit lang ng isang kilo ng bigas, limang sardinas, san supot ng asin, pakite ng vitsen, toyo, suka binoboto na agad ng mga botante ang trapo na mga kandidato.

  • Andrei Mendoza

    buying should be the last option to modernize our military force.. dami nating mga engineers, we should focus on BUILDING the gears we need maski yung mga simple equipment lang, pati ba naman ambulance eh dapat iangkat pa? pwede namang gawin locally yan, 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTIRTIXLBR5X47RMVKB3T43SWA charles

    The three new Augusta choppers for the Navy must also be armed with missiles and machine guns…and should not be used to transport spoiled-brat generals and their mistresses….

  • Ganymede

    Mga binibili niyo puro multi-purpose.. hindi yan magiging deterrent. Dapat yun may mga missles at malalakas na armas. Mas malalakas pa ata armas ng Abu Sayyaf.. kayang kaya tirahin yan ng RPG ng ASG.

  • superpilipinas

    These are good because they can be used for other purposes at peacetime.

    We also need at least three NH-90 class NFH version from the same maker. These are anti-ship and anti-submarine types. But most importantly, we need a strong military alliance with Vietnam, India, and Japan for an all-for-one and one-for-all defense.

  • calixto909

    Now I realized why Aquino hasn’t filed a complaint against China at the proper court. The tip of the iceberg indicates the royalty/kickback derived from the procurement of these helicopters, patrol boats and etc. which shall be prejudice by an early filing. A more subtle justification is at hand in the said procurement if media blitz is the smoking gun

    • concern_filipino

      You got no clue on what you are talking about, therefore your comments are just pure garbage! 

  • what_is_going_on

    As quoted above in the article, “The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it had signed a P1.3-billion ($32-million) contract for the acquisition of three Italian-made helicopters for the Philippine Navy, a move that, according to the defense chief, shows a “louder and clearer” intent to modernize the military.” – Really? Purchasing 3 helos sends a “louder and clearer” message to the Chinese the intent to modernize the military? That’s only 3 helos, I can understand if the DND signed a contract to purchase 2 dozen attack helos, but 3 isn’t going to bring the wrath of fear upon the Chinese military. A couple of SAM’s will be able to shoot all three of those helos down with no problem.

    • Rolly257

      Point taken, but somehow, we are on the move.

    • concern_filipino

      Why just 3 helicopters? Simple common sense. What is the state of the Philippine economy? Do we have billions in  dollars to purchase a dozen combat helicopters or a dozen warships? No, we don’t! What did the Estrada and Arroyo administrations has done to improve the capability of the Philippine military? Nothing! President Aquino has just completed 3 years of his presidency, however for those 3 years he had accomplished plenty. To get to the top of a 50-foot ladder, you don’t just jump to the top, it’s not possible. You have to start from the 1st step. The 3 helicopters is just a small step, but it is a step in the right direction!

      • Pork_Republik

         How come yun senator ng republika dami niyan pera pang bunos sa kapwa niya senador tapos sabihin mo wala tayong pera? Ba’t si Garcia muntik ng magnakaw ng halos 500 million peso galing sa AFP, yan ba yun walang pera na bansa?

        May pera ang Pilipinas kumpara sa Bangladesh o sa Pakistan kaya lang iba ang takbo ng utak ng mga senatong, tongressman atbp na nasa pwesto kung ano ang gusto nilang gawin sa pera ng bayan ko.

  • scharnhorst55

    this is good news, the choppers might operate from the hamiltons or the upcoming maestrale class missiled frigates.. i just dont understand why this article has lots of comments made by pessimistic morons! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3IFSWGHJPHPOKSCK57TSLFJQJ4 X

      ….Crab Mentality might be the reason why……or the notion of “What’s good for me is Good!…and What’s good for you is Bad!”……reasoning.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CJKDDSZBWT4SEEX5YBEGST2GAY Ohniok Jun Nieves

    more more more go go go AFP!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Just make sure that there are no kickbacks in the deals.

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Hurry up AFP !  

  • Rajah Tupas

     following military forums and intensive readings, i believe these choppers are not ASW capable judging from their costs. a full pledge ASW helis would cost much more than $32-million a piece. so its safe to say that these helos are intended for SAR and transport and not ASW. even if we put it on the Goyo or Alcaraz they are still very much vulnerable againts chicom sub attacks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruben.villar.1257 Ruben Villar

    bat daming ambulances nun nakaraan humvee ambulance ngayun kia naman dami yatang namamatay sa afp..

  • virgo57

    wala na ba tayong makukuhang war materials na junk na sa iba?gumasto tayo ng bilyones para sa mga elected politicos para lang ibili ng sarili nilang armas at private armies.napaka sayang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FXXS2TJB6FIALH4HKD764CYAZA Michael

    why not eurocopter products?

  • monses

    bakit kia…after 5 years laspag na yan.

  • MickEye

    The AW109 are search/rescue/trasport helicopters. Hindi ito ang balitang inaantay ng bayan, alang kwenta ang mga ito sa pagharap ng problema natin sa WPS. Ang hinihintay ng bayan ay ang naiulat na pagbili ng maestrale, lead-in fighter jets, ASW helicopters, at missile systems. maugong ang balitang ito noong nakaraang taon, ngayon biglang natahimik na. Mukhang nakalimutan na yata, at kuntento na sa transport helicopters, trucks, at ibang mga kagamitan na walang impact sa external defense (for internal operations lang ang mga yan.. gaya ng pagbyahe ng mga ballot boxes pag may eleksyon).

    Tanong ng bayan,, kailan talaga bibili ang gobyerno ng mga bagong kagamitan na para sa external defense?? Panay kwento lang yata ang mga yan?! Sa halip ay nililibang lang tayo ng balita na kesyo bumili sila ng mga choppers, at trucks, eh asan ang mga big-ticket items?? Ang bagal kumilos ni Pnoy, panay kwento..

    • Sandy Bulet

      Yah, kelan nga ba bibilhin ang mga jet fighter natin? 

  • rhan duke

    do you think the contract of 23 million dollars for 3 helicopters is padded? 

    • concern_filipino

      If you are in doubt, why not do your research? What is the cost of each helicopters? What armaments included? About the service contract? Does it includes training, repair parts? As far as I know, these are brand new helicopters. They are not used or refurbished helicopters sold at the cost of brand new as in the case of the Arroyo government.

  • rhan duke

    isuli sana ng mga senador yong 1.6 million  bonus for afp modernization. 

    • Pork_Republik

       Fat chance duke, magagalit si Senatorial aspirant “No Need For AFP Modernization” Teddy Boy Cashino.

  • titolim

    yan lang ang makaya ng gobyerno natin, kahit paunti unti may binibili di tulad ng nakaraang adm.  puro sa bulsa na punta ang pambili.

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