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President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

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SHIP OF STATE. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF15) docks at Pier 13 in Manila where President Aquino waits for the commissioning ceremonies. The arrival of the decommissioned US Coast Guard cutter, ending a 33-day voyage across the Pacific Ocean, is part of the government’s drive to modernize the Philippine Navy amid tensions with China over the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. AFP

The Philippines’ newest warship, which sailed on Tuesday into Manila Bay after a 14,679-kilometer voyage from the United States, was hailed by President Benigno Aquino III as a symbol of the country’s determination to defend its claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“This is just the beginning. Expect more good news because we will not stop at one ship,” Mr. Aquino said as the refurbished Hamilton-class cutter BRP Gregorio del Pilar dropped anchor, ending a 33-day voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

“This ship symbolizes our newly acquired ability to guard, protect, and if necessary, fight for the interests of our country,” the President said.

The 3,390-ton, 115-meter Gregorio del Pilar, a decommissioned US Coast Guard vessel, is 46 years old. It replaces a World War II-era destroyer as the country’s flagship vessel.

Mr. Aquino said the “new” flagship vessel would help protect the country’s exclusive economic zone and its oil and gas exploration activities in the contested sea.

“This will upgrade our capability to guard our exclusive economic zone as well as the service contract areas,” he said in a welcoming speech.

Many of those areas are claimed by China, which insists it has sovereign rights to almost all of the disputed territory, even waters approaching the coasts of Southeast Asian countries.

Other parts of the West Philippine Sea, including a cluster of isles and reefs called the Spratly Islands, are believed to be rich in oil and mineral resources and straddle vital sea lanes. They are also claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Revival of Philippine Navy

The Philippine Navy chief, Vice Adm. Alexander Pama, hailed the Gregorio del Pilar as a timely boost to the Philippines’ military power.

“[It] now symbolizes the revival of the Philippine Navy,” Pama said at the welcoming ceremony.

“The Gregorio del Pilar’s ability to operate in adverse conditions… will be vital in securing our maritime nation’s territory and asserting our sovereignty in areas where our capability is now seriously needed, he added.”

US Navy impressed

Officials said the 95 crew members of the Gregorio del Pilar impressed the US Navy with how quickly they learned how to operate one of the largest ships ever built for the US Coast Guard.

Led by Capt. Alberto Cruz, the 13 officers—three of them women—and 82 enlisted personnel trained rigorously in the United States from February before setting out for the Philippines.

“They were quite impressed with our troops,” Pama said.

An initial batch that included Cruz and 20 other officers and enlisted personnel underwent rigorous training on board the USCG Boutwell, a sister ship, for two months.

The 21-member team then trained the next batch of 74 crew members.

The ship was acquired under the Mutual Defense Treaty that gives the Philippines access to decommissioned US defense equipment.

The Philippine military’s budget of about $2.5 billion this year is just a fraction of China’s published defense spending of about $90 billion.

China warning

Manila clinched the deal to acquire the Gregorio del Pilar—named after the youngest Philippine revolutionary general who fought the Spanish and died in combat against American forces—early this year before the tensions with China flared.

The United States has since promised to help upgrade the Philippine military further, but no details have been released.

China’s state-run media this month warned the Philippines it could pay a “high price” for building up its military presence in the West Philippine Sea.

But bilateral ties remain strong in other areas, and Mr. Aquino will pay a state visit to China next week.

Jets, armored carriers

Mr. Aquino spent nearly two hours in a tour of the vessel. A select group of reporters were also allowed to tour the ship.

The President has set his sights on acquiring more ships, trainer fighter jets and armored personnel carriers.

“I want everything. But what we will acquire (are) lead-in jet trainers to keep the skill (levels) of the fighter pilots,” Mr. Aquino said.

He also mentioned acquiring for the Philippine Air Force defense radars, a long-range patrol aircraft and support aircraft.

He also cited the need for amphibious vessels, offshore patrol vessels, at least three naval helicopters and Coast Watch stations.

For the Army, the Philippines plans to buy new assault rifles, armored assets and force protection equipment such as helmets, bulletproof vests, night-fighting equipment and radios, Mr. Aquino said.

“There’s a whole list of modernization items for the (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and also the (Philippine National Police) and the Coast Guard,” the President added.

Defenseless in airspace

The country has been defenseless in its airspace since 2001, when the Philippine Air Force last flew a fighter jet. The obsolete F-5 jets were decommissioned in 2005.

Mr. Aquino said the country had to carefully weigh whether acquiring a submarine is “practical, whether or not it meets our needs.”

He cited the experience of a Southeast Asian country, which he did not name, that bought submarines from Eastern Europe for a “bargain” price of $12 million.

But the buyer discovered that the submarines had to be refitted for tropical purposes so it ended up spending the same amount it would have spent had it bought new submarines.

Pama said the Navy planned to acquire at least two more decommissioned ships from the US Coast Guard.

The Philippine Navy has an old and badly equipped fleet of fewer than 80 ships to protect its coastline and vast marine interests. The fleet is mostly made up of aging World War II vessels. With reports from AFP and AP


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  • Anonymous

    More ‘fire’ power to AFP!

  • Anonymous

    About time… good start from a good president. We need to protect our sovereignty to be respected like the other great nations.

    Let’s support the much-awaited credible leader of our nation. Long live PNOY! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/QQ4FDYYGVVNQ5HXVM2CBX6XA4I Fan

    just make sure nothing(from air.land,sea,undersea or even radar/laser signal) gets near that ship w/in 30km if ever deployed at wpsea otherwise pagtri-tripan nila yan…remember that SK ship blown up into pieces? and nobody knows who did it but they have their suspect and have evidence pointing to the same. Learn.

  • http://twitter.com/judefawley Jude Fawley

    Don’t get too excited with Brp Gregorio Del Pilar. This ship cannot defend against multiple missile attack. Its only offensive and defensive capability is the 76 mm cannon in front. The next naval ship we acquire should have a missile offense and defense capability. Most of today’s navies are missile equipped. It can strike its enemies miles and miles away by firing guided missiles. In short this ship is still a sitting duck against our neighboring navies.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      the Navy is going towards that direction. but not too soon. a lot of factors are involved in transitioning from being a gun-based to a missile-based Navy. better than nothing.

  • Anonymous

    One year pa lang si PNoy nakabili na ang Philippine Navy ng pinakamalaking barko nila. 9 years si arroyo walang nangyari sa bilyones na budget para daw sa AFP modernization.

    Iba talaga pag honest ang gobyerno malayo ang mararating ng kaunting pondo.

    God bless PNoy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4RTNUSX3BQCWCDQAA562BFC5I Lito G

      Wag mo naman laitin ang mga arrovo. Magaling at masinop ang mga arrovo kaya nga itinatago nila lahat ang mga bilyones na dapat ginagastos nila para serbisyo sa taong bayan. baka nga naman maubos eh. at syempre hinde naman sila greedy dahil nai-share naman nila sa mga alipores nila…. ganyan ang magaling na pangulo talagang arrovong arrovo….. arriva arrovo!

  • Anonymous

    Kung iisipin natin  yung mga ninakaw na bilyones ni Gloria daga at Mike baboy,  nakabili pa sana tayo nang ibang equipments, ano ginawa nila ? Binentahan ang gobyerno nang lumang helicopter, na ang pinang bili din naman nakaw, hindi lang pandarambong ginawa  nitong macacapal-arroyo kundi naging threat pa sila sa national security natin, dahil kinorupt din nila ang AFP at PNP. 

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

    Magaling na lang at barko ang binili ni Pres.Aquino at hindi helicopter….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    American junk.  Okay na rin kesa wala.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

       it’s not junk. 12 in total ang Hamilton-class cutters. dalawa lang ang na-decommission para i-release sa Pilipinas at Nigeria. 10 pa ang active na ginagamit ng US Coast Guard. yung dalawang susunod na i-decommision ng USCG ay ibebenta sa Pilipinas sa bagsak na presyo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4RTNUSX3BQCWCDQAA562BFC5I Lito G

      tama ka… american junk.. but still a big improvement and the best the navy had… wag na muna maghangad ng bago dahil gustuhin man talaga eh hinde rin kayang bumili dahil wala naman pera

  • Anonymous

    More power to PNoy!  Im sure more equipment will be coming for the AFP. 

    Matuwid na Daan delivers!

  • Anonymous

    PNoy is so inspiring! First time ever the Philippine Navy got this kind of equipment.

  • Paul Trekker

    BAGONG LUMA! ..next time nalang ung mga “Arleigh Burke” class destroyers na yan, kulang tayo sa budget hehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_75WBSUX6N544CKIZ4PEWV4OSZQ Mark Magno

    Why not build our own military ship? Why not hire the Filipino or foreign engineers build our own military and commercial ships, airplane, and automobile for government and private market? (Like what Korea’s Samsung did by hiring Russian and other foreign scientist and succeeded to capture the global market).
    Building this engineering works may sound difficult, but in reality it’s so easy, especially in this information age, and at a fraction of the cost of the second hand because we have most of the natural resources and the manpower available here.  It’s now time to step out of our comfort zones and reach new horizons.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      meron tayong locally-made Navy ships. depende sa klase ng mission. Yung mga Aguinaldo class ships na gawa ng Cavite Naval Shipyard ay matagumpay na nagpapatrol. may mga kasalukuyang pang padating na mga bagong barkong patrol gawa locally. Kasama na dyan yung mga multi-purpose attack fast crafts. going global na rin with orders from other nations.

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

         “The fleet is mostly made up of aging World War II vessels.” –
        misleading na naman ang report. out of 80 plus ships that we have, about
        15 lang dito ang WWII era ships. lahat puro launched from 80s and 90s.
        with a few ones from the 60s. konting research naman kaibigang Dona.

    • Anonymous

      Ako din Mark nagtataka kung bakit d tayo umunlad sa ganyan manufacturing. Tulad ng jeepney. Bukod kay Sarao and a few jeep makers wala nangyari. Ni ultimo bisiklete d tayo makagawa ng sarili. Yes assembly oo pero import pa rin ng parts.Bakit?
      Lahat ng umunlad na bansa, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan and China nangngopya(pirated) sila nagumpisa. Sabihin mo wala steel industry sila pero umunlad pa rin. Baka nasa atin na rin cguro as a people. Is the filipino worth dying for?

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        ser, malaki po ang steel industries sa mga bansang nabanggit ninyo. No. 1 ang China sa crude steel production, No. 2 ang japan, No. 12 ang taiwan, at No. 6 ang south korea. Check nyo po sa World Steel Association website. Nasa top 15 din po sila na steel exporters.

        meron din po tayong self-reliance defense projects. and as mentioned, ang Aguinaldo class ships natin ang isa sa mga gawa locally na Navy ships. kailangan lang po muna nating alamin ang efforts ng ating mga kababayan.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Burn G! I know. What I meant was that Japan and South Korea to include Taiwan dont have the raw materials for steel industries and yet they excelled in manufacturing.

    • Anonymous

      We tried with the General Emilio Aguinaldo Class. The project was not an entire success, as the design turned out to be underpowered and overloaded (almost 60 pax for a large patrol boat!). Constructed in Cavite during the waning years of the Marcos regime.

      In an ideal world, a country like ours should have a vibrant shipbuilding industry. But the reality is, we don’t. (Merchant shipping, yes.) If PNoy wants us to have decent maritime combat capability, aside from buying new assets, he should also put in place a long-term program towards developing shipbuilding skill and engineering capability. Maybe a good opportunity for his push for private-public partnerships? Or perhaps a scholarship program for marine engineering who’ll later on work on building warships?

      Merchant shipbuilding is vastly different from building even components of a combat-capable vessel.
      If we’ll try again, we should start small. Navy warships have very different requirements compared to merchant shipping construction. These are often out on deployments/patrols, with maintenance often far and few between. You can’t really use off-the-rack here because of the operational requirements alone.

      • Anonymous

        tama! dapat may sarili tayong pagawaan para naman di  laging second hand mga kagamitan haissst…

  • Anonymous

    If anything, the acquisition of this warship is metaphorical than physical. Let’s forget that it’s a used vessel and 46 years-old at that! The age and condition of the ship is not the point. We should take pride in the effort of the government to take the first step in cleaning-house, finding the money for the purchase and actually acquiring the ship to show that we (the people) are serious about defending our territory. We can fight with sticks and stones for all we care (and most definitely lose the war), but having the government lead the way by example is something we should regard as admirable. I only have good words to offer and consider this topic a news-worthy event.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

    Mga Tangengot, hindi ninyo ba alam.. PINIPIRITU si PINOY sa SARILING MANTIKA NYA.. Imagine a 46 year old vessel.. Saan kukuha nang SPARE PARTS si PINOY  pag may nasira sa binili nyang lumang patrol boat.. E di kaninu pa E di ke KANUTU rin ha.. ha.. ha.. LOL   Kunwari galit galitan ke KANUTU yun PALA kay KANUTU rin ang BAGSAK mo ha… ha… ha.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6XXK3MUEFZHPEVUARQJ2WRAHIA juakin

    go pnoy!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQSY2E25LXMB5QJHLSFZWPEODI Ron Nacirema

    Too bad an over-the-horizon missile shot from a small 60-meter Chinese Navy boat can easily sink this piece of unwanted US Coast Guard rust bucket.  Re-vitalize the Philippine Navy?  By what?  Providing the Chinese Navy bigger ships for target practice?

    The Philippine Navy procuring Missile-armed ships, an ARLEIGH BURKE-class Destroyer?!?  Keep dreaming.  The Philippines does not have the infrastructure to maintain such equipment — let alone know how to use such weapons.  Even the US has a hard time maintaining it’s own warships and they are a richer and far more technologically advance country than the third-world Philippines.

    And if you all really think that the US will defend the Philippines if China takes over the Spratley’s — think again.  South Korea and the US have a mutual defense treaty as well.  When the North Koreans sank the ROKS CHEONAN and killed 47 people what happened?  NOTHING!!!  No airstrikes, no nothing!  The US does not want another war, especially one with China.

    Can you all say Nánshā Qúndǎo and South China Sea?  Might as well as that’s what China and the rest of the world are calling these places.

    • Anonymous

      so what do you suggest?

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      So you just want us to do nothing at all?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ2LBSU7A6TUEUKTN5YO2CXKY4 Rafael

        yes, this is better than nothing at all. kung matalo tayo, di matalo. pero siguro naman meron tayong tataman na mga vessels ng kalaban. ano gusto niyo, pag umatake bigla ngayon ang mga chinese, dilat ang ating mga mata at surrender na lang kaagad.

  • John Shinn III

    funny….

  • John Shinn III

    junk from america

  • Anonymous

    Ano bang gusto mo bangka o barko…at least may panglaban sa mga bangka ng abu sayap..mabuti na yon mayron kaysa wala kaysa tinatawanan tayo ng mga pirata at mga kapibahay natin..we should be proud of it..its better to use the money than to be corrupted by the military.

  • Anonymous

    I think we don’t need this kind of navy ship. 46yrs old? How many more years left for this ship to retire? 4 yrs? We should have acquired a number of those small patrol boats with machine guns than just one old lame navy ship. Where are we gonna position this ship, Manila Bay? Whereas, if we bought a dozen of those small patrol boats, atleast we can position them all around our archipelago. Just a thought.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_23VKPUHSWPJ5GRPTP5EGEFQAMI Flex A

      small patrol boats…

      practically useless on high seas, storm, or any natural phenomena that creates raging waves.
      accelerates faster, but has limited distance. bear in mind you also need fuel to get back to base.
      limited crew, arms and equipment, which also means you rely heavily on binoculars instead of sonars/gps. (would you place a high-end equipment there knowing it can’t get far?)

      Human traffickers, smugglers, terrorists, drug lords, and mercenaries will be so happy with your dozen acquisitions. they will just operate and move whenever there’s a low pressure or typhoon coming in. what were you thinking?

      PF15 is built for adverse conditions and it covers a greater area.

      • Anonymous

        pwede daw ito mag stay sa laot hanggang 30 araw.

      • gerry827

        45 days po ito…

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      15 years brother. in the middle of the program to acquire bigger and newer fleet, the cutter is not a lame ship. not even the new ones can match its capability to patrol the west philippines at 14,000 nautical miles uninterrupted and without refueling. if you send your small patrol boats in that area, it will just like feeding our soldiers to the sharks. they cant carry on long patrolling duties with their limited fuel capacity. this “old” Hamilton class cutter is what the Navy needs for this mission. the brand new cutters, aside from being expensive in terms of purchase price and their maintenance costs, could only reach a maximum 10,000 nautical miles. which one would you choose?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZFMWPBJMBPVJVHXJ36BWFPFKUM Sherwin

    Why Vietnam as smaller economy than us just recently commissioned 2 brand-new missile frigates? Why Mr. President we keep on buying junks?

    • Anonymous

      Panong bibili nang brand new e kinurakot yung Fort Bonifacio land sale ni Tabako?  Kaya hanggang used na lang tayo puera ang PNP na bumili nang ‘brand new’ helicopters na galing sa used market ni Pidal.  At least kahit na bulok me nabili isang taon pa lang si pnoy?  Bakit noon panahon ni manay kahit used tabo para sa sundalo wala?

      • lucidlynx

        Bakit si Tabako? Of the post-Marcos presidents, it was GMA who incurred the highest debt. She borrowed even more than the current debt at that time. And a significant portion of these borrowings went to individual pockets, not for its intended purposes.

        Also, the warship is old but not bulok. It is refurbished. Refurbished means as good as brand new.

    • Anonymous

      Vietnam is economically stronger than the Philippines and less politics. By 2015, it will start with its construction of the bullet train. Its exports is larger than the Philippines. In short, its way ahead of the basket case country, our country.

      Abroad, lots of products are now made in Vietnam. For the Philippines, the most popular you can see is biscuits.

      • lucidlynx

        Vietnam is economically stronger than the Philippines? Where in the world did you get that?

        Philippine exports include agriculture and electronics, not to mention BPO services, call center services, software development, and car assembly. OFW’s are also exports strictly speaking. They bring in dollars to the Philippines. Our engineers, IT professionals, medical professionals, accountants, artists, are employed all over the world.

        Even Indian companies, who are leading in providing professional technical services to the world have put up their offices in the Philippines because other countries prefer the Philippines for outsourced services.

        Who are you branding a basket case then?

      • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

        Let us assume for the sake of argument that the Philippines is economically stronger than Vietnam which still needs to be verified in the world index on economic growth.  We maybe having all the dollars, but we have lost much of our human resources to foreigners that we cannot produce enough food to feed much of our hungry population, basic materials for us to move without depending on foreigners, basic services for household operations and medical services for us filipinos.

        Which is more palatable, dollars or food?

      • lucidlynx

        I don’t want to start an argument here. But with regards to what you’ve said, here are my responses:

        The Philippines has a more robust and stronger economy than Vietnam. I have not verified this claim when I responded earlier. We have more purchasing power and that’s due to the reasons I have mentioned in my earlier post. As I write this, I just checked in Wikipedia our GDP per capita is higher compared to Vietnam in spite of the fact we have a bigger population.

        We have not lost human resources to foreigners. We still have a lot to keep on going.

        It is not we depend on foreigners for our needs. They also need us. It’s a global economy. Even in the olden times, trade between nations occur.

        Dollars can buy food. Farmers won’t even bother raising crops if nobody will buy them.

        Again from Wikipedia:
        “The national economy of the Philippines is the 46th largest in the world, with an estimated 2010 gross domestic product (nominal) of $189 billion.[7] Primary exports include semiconductors and electronic products, transport equipment, garments, copper products, petroleum products, coconut oil, and fruits.[4] Major trading partners include the United States, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand.[4]”

        “The economy of the Philippines is the 12th largest economy in Asia and the 32nd largest economy in the world by purchasing power parity according to the International Monetary Fund in 2010. It was the 5th largest economy in South East Asia. A newly industrialized emerging market economy, it posted a real GDP growth rate of 5.3% in 2006 and 7.1% in 2007.”

        In spite of corruption, we still had growth. What more can we do if we get rid of corruption in government?

        Anyway, my original point is just this: the Philippines has a stronger economy than Vietnam. Never has Vietnam overtaken the Philippines.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

        For me whether economy is bigger or smaller than Vietnam or any country, it doesn’t matter. The wealth parity for both countries are so extreme. It doesn’t matter if one country’s economy is smallest or purchasing power is the lowest as long as everybody have work and living happily with their families or love ones. No greedy generals, no used chopper sold as brand new, no senator running away from responsibility etc. etc.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWZMSQ4Z74QJUPXFOMEKD6KKFM kronos

        Luvidlynx–VIETNAM NEVER OVERTAKEN THE PHILIPPINES?  THE US LOST THE VIETNAM WAR.  DID WE WIN ANY ON OUR OWN?  We always depend on other countries to help us out–in war, financially etc.  Thailand and Malaysia were way behind Philippines in the 1960s and what happened after that?  We were basically exploited by other countries who made us a manufacturing site instead of being an agricultural country.  Go to any asian store anywhere in the world.  You can see Thailand rice for sale.  where did they learn rice technology?  UP Los Banos.  Where are were in rice production?  We dont even produce enough for our country.  THat’s where our government failed us.  Giving direction for the Filipino people.  People in power and their rich business friends merely took advantage of our ‘hospitality’ and the state we’re in is the result.

      • Anonymous

        Also from wikipedia:

        Vietnam achieved around 8% annual GDP
        growth from 1990 to 1997 and continued at around 7% from 2000 to 2005,
        making it one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Growth by 8.5
        percent, 6.3, 5.3 and 6.8 for the year of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
        respectively.

        Deep poverty, defined as a percent of the population living under $1 per
        day, has declined significantly and is now smaller than that of China,
        India, and the Philippines.

    • lucidlynx

      We did not buy this. It’s a gift from the US.

      • Anonymous

        This ship was NOT donated nor a GIFT Lucid n Fabe! RP bought it under the EDA provisions for disposal of military equipment.

      • Anonymous

        Now that’s even worse. You mean we bought junk?

      • Anonymous

        Ano ka ba naman lexmil, why dnt you look up what excess defense article EDA means sa wikipedia. Tulad ng term F-16s mothballed in the Arizona desert. akala mo cguro yung equivalent ng bote/dyaryo natin dito! Junkyard.

  • EVILCOUPLE

    PHILIPPINES NEW OLD WARSHIP.  tsk tsk tsk  Its a reality, the country is poor, over populated  and we are indebted billions of dollars,  thanks to those people who plundered the country.
    Thanks to the former presidents, the generals, the BIR/Customs personnel and many many more in government agencies and one more thing to PADRE DAMASO.

  • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

    How can we expect to have a national defense system that functions effectively in defending our nation from foreign invasion, when possession and control of our very main homeland here, with its rich natural including human resources and of direction of our development, have already been in the hands of the north americans and the chinese?  The results of their conflict of perceptions, concepts, interests, values, and visions, with that of ours have been precisely their maneuvers to take over and perpetuate control of access to our resources, of direction of our development, and of centers of power.

    Why have they been able to take over control?  

    If we do not perceive that those in possession and control of our main homeland with its rich natural including human resources and of our development are foreigners, then we cannot anymore distinguish between what is self or of our nation and what is non-self or foreign.  If we do not perceive that possession and control of our main homeland with its rich natural including human resources and of our development, being grabbed from us by foreigners are harmful to us filipinos, then our defense system has become deficient. 

    This is not how the defense system of those nations who are able to sustain and protect their own people like the french, the germans, the israelis, the japanese, and the vietnamese, functions. 

    This is not how the defense system of our nation in the 1900s functioned.  When were a newly born nation in 1898 after having become separated and independent from Madre España, the north americans invaded us.  Without any support from any country, and with meager military resources, we, still struggling to become cohesive, united, and coordinated with the different parts of our national body were able to mount a potent defense of our nation for several years against the invasion of the emerging most powerful nation in the world.  So potent were our defenses that the north american invaders were unable to break the whole of our defenses for years.  The north american aggressor forces had to resort to massive kidnappings and extermination of the civilians among us in order to compel us to give in to their demand for us to surrender to them. 

    Our responses today towards our situation are a deviation from that of other nations just mentioned.  It is also a deviation from that of our nation in the 1900s before our original national developmental code of our systems of defense, politics, economics and of education has been replaced by that of the synthesized developmental code by the north american occupational government. Our defense responses today towards our situation are indications that our defense system has become deficient. 

    Since defense response originates from perception of self or national identity in relation to the non-self or foreign and its inherent threat to harm the self, such absence of response to foreign invasion is an indication that our function of our perception of our national identity has become corrupted.  How can we even have a functional defense system no matter how strong it may be when we do not even have a national identity as basis for our defense to defend the self and resist the non self or foreign invader? 

    If we do not know our national identity, our defense system would be like an immune cell which has been invaded by a Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.  This virus is destroying the immune cell in which it has attached and has utilized the identity of that immune cell, preventing other immune cells from destroying this virus.  Gradually, different illnesses like skin disease, recurring cold, or lingering tuberculosis, appear.  After several years, the HIVirus has already multiplied and have destroyed most immune cells rendering the body without any defense.  By this time, many illnesses appear that do not heal anymore.  This is the process of Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome or AIDS.

    At present, our defense system cannot identify the foreign invaders who are already in our homeland and are even attached to many of our ranking political and military officials.  These foreign creeping invaders have utilized the identity of our nation thru constitutional means and have enabled them to acquire an identity our defense system cannot identify as foreign invaders.  Gradually, aliens are acquiring legal status and gaining control of our centers of power.  Gradually, we as a national people are disintegrating and losing our bond with our nation with only the instinctive love for self and family, remaining. Time will come, in fact it is already ongoing when our nation is already acquiring an Alienation Infection and Defilipinization Syndrome.

    Let us assume that we will have finally been able to drive away the chinese from our peripheral territory like Spratlys.  Do we expect to be able to this time have free access to our own resources and development there?  How do we expect ourselves being able to?  We cannot even have free access to our own resources and development here, in our very own main homeland, already being overrun by the chinese for decades?

    With the present situation, what then, should be our priorities:

    1) we keep possession and control of our peripheral territory like Spratleys along our border, but we continue abandoning possession and control of our very main homeland with its rich natural including human resources and of our development as has been for decades, to the north americans and the chinese;

    2) we abandon possession and control of our peripheral territory like Spratlys along our border, but we recover possession and control of our main homeland with its rich natural and human resources and of our development from the north americans and the chinese;

    3) we keep possession and control of our peripheral territory like Spratleys along our border, and we recover possession and control of our main homeland with its rich natural and human resources and of our development from the north americans and the chinese?

    It is the chinese invasion along our border like Spratleys that we get excited and scramble to engage them in heroic combat just like in Hollywood.  Yet we cannot even check our main homeland here with its rich natural resources and centers of control of our development already being overrun by the chinese. 
     
    Let us wake up.  If ever we have to commit lives for our fatherland, whose lives will we commit?  Then, let it be commited for a reason based not on Hollywood, but on reality.

    • Anonymous

      Nice lecture JOEGAR or JOMIG! But your history needs more research. We were not granted independence from your Madre Espana. Rather we were SOLD to the USA after the defeat of Admiral Montojo in the Battle of Manila Bay by Admiral Dewey. NIce try my friend. . he . .he.

      • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

        What have all these transactions between USA and Spain got to do with: the Filipino Revolutionaries having separated earlier in 1898 from Madre España and having been born as a new nation; taken over the reigns of government of Filipinas; having established a constitution, a republican government, and a defense system which later was to generate, fierce defense forces against the invasion of the north american aggressor forces who attempted too late to abort the birth of our nation in the Filipino-North American War?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCEWOO6RAKPSC6D5ZN57UI4HPY Pedrino Gonzales

        After the battle of Manila, the Philiooines only changed from a Spanish to an USA colony. Not to an independent nation and state.

      • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

        Pedrino Gonzales, were we in 1898, a USA colony, not yet an independent nation, not yet even a nation?  What was the Spanish Generals of the Government of Spain having surrendered to the Generals of the Revolution for Independence of Filipinas for?  Just a military exercise?  

        What was the consequent establishment of the Republica Filipina in 1898 with a Constitucion de la Primera Republica Filipina in 1899 for?  

        Were we not yet a nation despite of our hero and one of the founding fathers of our defense system General Antonio Luna having established the Academia Militar in 1898 in Malolos?  

        Were we not yet a nation despite of our still being an infant, with meager military resources, engaged the most powerful aggressor force in the world single handedly?  Were we not yet a nation despite our situation of having established a potent defense force that the north american aggressor forces were not able to break for years to which they resorted to such barbaric and terroristic acts as massive hostage-taking and extermination of the civilians among us?  Were we not yet a nation when as a result of such terroristic acts, those of the defense forces among us were compelled to give in to their demands for us to surrender to them?  Were we not yet a nation when it is by virtue of the north americans having forced its too-late-an-abortion of our newly born nation, thru their invasion which was met with fierce resistance by us in this Filipino-North American War that caused the death of 700,000 to 1,000,000 of us filipinos?

        Then what was this Philippine-American War all about when there was no engagement between defending forces and aggressor forces of respective nations in conflict?  If not, then why was it not termed a revolution?

        That the north americans not accepting the existence of our nation to justify their immoral invasion as legitimate is understandable.  But filipinos who do not recognize our nationhood inspite of the blood shed by our forefathers to preserve life of our newly born nation, are a living specimen of infection of autoimmune disease which was transmitted to us by the north americans when they tampered with our national developmental code to make our defense system impotent against foreign invasion.

        This is a disease we filipinos do not know that it is a disease.  We actually believe it is a virtue.

      • Anonymous

        yes we had a President and declared independence only to go to Hongkong in exile JOEGAR! my point is a working and operational state and a government recognizd by the community of Nations. Not to be sold “for a few dollars more” by Madre Espana. For 4 centuries under Your Madre Espana colonized us. If only they gave us half of that time in independence, then we would have been a Tiger in Asia. Our fight for freedom was borne not because Spain organized an orderly defense system but an inherent desire to set ourselves free from the bondage of a colonizer whether Spanish, American or Japanese. We were natural guerilla fighters! Balangiga Bells ring the sound of liberty!

      • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

        Again lionking, what is the connection between your reply with your statement, “…we had a President and declared independence only to go to Hongkong in exile…”, and my statements regarding the time we became a nation and generated fierce defense forces against the invasion of the north americans?   Your replies may have been meant for another statement which is not mine. 

      • Anonymous

        Ok na lang kung hindi mo get! The two comments were meant for you. Your appreciation of Philippine History is vague! Siguro absent ka at that time. If your teacher is still alive, pa-tutor ka na lang.

      • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

        lionking, what is the connect between your reply, “We were not granted independence from your Madre España.” and my comment regarding our defense system?  I think you must have been replying to someone else’ comment, not mine.

  • Anonymous

    One thing Filipinos should be thankful for is, unlike the used helicopters used extensively by the family of thieves and sold to PNP as ‘Brand New”, this ship was donated as refurbished not brand new to impress anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maricris.m.valdez Maricris Melitado Valdez

    it’s something that we should be happy about whether the ship is old or new…at least our government now is true to its word of wanting to protect our shoreline. i believe this is far better than buying secondhand helicopter that caused us an arm and a leg.

  • lucidlynx

    This ship may have 3 to 5 years more. By then, we should have a new one.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/T5GOBUSFFFNEP2PFKHHBGT3PPY juan

    We should buy New Fast Attack crafts, Anti-ship and Anti-air missiles  and Air defense radars.For the army we need to buy MRAPS similar to the oshkosh which is smaller and faster but can withstand RPG’s and IED’s that NPA and MILF rebels used. Our present armored assets like the Simba,V-150, V-300, APC’s, Scorpion and AIFV opens-up like a can of sardines when hit with RPG’s. These are more effective and cheaper than  buying large second hand ships or large armored vehicles.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UBQZY2NE5D52FLERSM2CFIQ6XM how

    Well this is rather OK rather than the people MONEY just EVAPORATE somewhere without a trace….

    Jet fighter NEXT… bring it ON……….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Soldier at the frontline:”Sir general there are enemies coming… over”
    General at home in pajamas: Where? … over
    Soldier: From the south china… err… west phil sea sir  .. over”
    General: Why are they coming from there… that sea is ours..  over.
    Soldier: I know sir but they are coming from water and air sir! … over
    General: How far are they?… over
    Soldier: I don’t know sir… we are not equip to measure the distance… sir… over..
    General: G.d da.n it… Why don’t you borrow measuring tape and take the measurement…!… over
    Soldier: Sir?…. over
    General: You heard me soldier… over
    Soldier: We don’t have a carpenter here sir!… over
    General:  O… sorry… he’s doing my bathroom right now… but don’t worry will send BRP Gregory! over…
    Soldier: 10-4 sir.. we can say hi to them when they get here… over…
    General: Good thinking soldier… tell them they are welcome..! over.
    Soldier: Copy sir…
    General: 10-4 I have to go to the dock for commissioning Gregory… wish me luck! … over
    Soldier: 10-4 sir… but don’t forget to tapao some food for us…. we are hungry over…. left over would do..
    Soldier: Sir… are you still there… sir…
    General: (walk away) hmmm, hmmm…

    Since our officials are so corrupt, helping themselves on peoples money everywhere one day we will be caught with our pants down by our enemies. What is our children’s future man if corruption is not stop?

  • randee calderon

    wow, ang daming genius dito.

    • Anonymous

      korek ka dyan, brad. because google kept on feeding fragments of information. kung walang google, walang debate…google is the devil! bwahahahaha!

  • Anonymous

    What a very good start for PNoy. arroyo was not able to give the Navy anything like this in 9 years with billions of budget for AFP modernization. Kinurakut lng nila pera.

    Im sure in 2016, PNoy’s 6-year performance will be far better compared to arroyo’s 9 years in office.

  • Anonymous

    Malayo ang nararating ng kahit konting pondo kung talagang honest ang gobyerno. Pagpalain ka ng Panginoon PNoy.

  • Anonymous

    Fearless forecast:

    PNoy will be the best Philippine President.

  • eduardo laranja

    Não entendo esta proximidade do governo filipino com os americanos,que algum tempo atras provocaram um genocídio nas ilhas filipinas! Não deixe que o seu governo assuma o papel de servo das potencias ocidentais!

    • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

      Neither do I, myself a filipino, understand how we filipinos after 700,000 to 1,000,000 of us filipinos died in that now inactivated Filipino-North American War have become so worshipping dependents of them today.

      We might be able to trace the underlying cause through our history.  After we lost much of our physical defenses in the mid 1900s, the U.S. invaders tampered with our national developmental code which directs development of our education, defense, political, economic, educational, including our value and thought processing sytems.  This was their invasion process for a whole generation which replicated in generations thereafter up to today.

  • Anonymous

    If the 46-year old ship is the “Symbol of our Defense,” may God help us.

    • Anonymous

      Our Philippine economy is still under  recovery due to those leeches  Presidents and cronies of the passed  (many)  administrations.  What else do you expect for?  It is better than nothing !  

  • Anonymous

    Philippine Navy’s biggest and fastest ship. Awesome! Si PNoy lang pala makapagbibigay. 9 years ni arroyo walang nangyari. Siguradong marami pang magagawa si PNoy.

  • Romulus Fenandez

    teka muna, nasan ba yung ninakaw?  ipakita mo nga sa amin!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    Had the money used to buy this brand new 46 year old American junk warship been used to buy medicine and finance research to expedite the development of a vaccine for dengue, a lot of lives would have been saved..

    Pnoy please don’t be an “utak pulbora”… prioritize please the health and welfare of your people than buying American junk warships and condoms….

    • Anonymous

      i guess there is an allotment for that area. national defense and health issues are different matters.

  • John Tamad

    We don’t need submarines unless we actually want to sink warships. The Hamiltons and similar ships like Knox or Perry class frigates would be better if the Spratlys is the main concern. Armed fast attack boats are all we need to sink all smuggler boats so they can never smuggle again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCEWOO6RAKPSC6D5ZN57UI4HPY Pedrino Gonzales

    Biggest and fastest? First of all the most expensive. Near like used choppers at new price, only that the choppers are still ok while this ship was already demissioned, means not battlefit anymore. And even the overhaul did not make it like new, since the USA would not give away their advanced technologies of their warships.
    Maybe it is an expensive “defense symbol” but will Noy fight chinese warships at Spratlys with a symbol? They will just get sick of laughing.

  • Anonymous

    If this 46 years old cutter is the symbol of our national defense, Gold help us in case of war.

  • http://twitter.com/WhoAmEye_ Cassy

     maaayo nalang na kaysa wala…

  • juan katutubo

    Brand-used navy ship! Ang Pinoy talaga mahilig sa Ukay-Ukay! Hamilton-class cutter, At least made in USA, may signature ‘ika nga… Kasi kung made in china, baka isang buwan lang eh sira na…Mas mainam yan kesa sa wala… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J47R2PJFKFPPV25TLBRVNXIYKY Mel

    This will do for now guys, will you buy a brand new car if your family is starving?

  • Anonymous

    HIndi ko alam kung matatawa ba ako o maa-awa sa balitang ito. Ngayon, dalawa na ang barko-de-gera ng Pilipinas na magbabantay sa 7,100 na mga isla natin. Whew !!! Nangangatog na siguro sa takot ang China sa balitang ito !!
    Pero ingat sila !! Kapag nagka-nakawan na naman ng “funding” sa maintenance ng mga ito, susugod sa gera ang ating mga marino na sinasagwan ang kanilang barko.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arj-Rosales/100000316270260 Arj Rosales

      dalawa?……kelan naging dalawa ang fleet ng philippine navy…….research my friend.

  • Anonymous

    Kung hindi man ito puedeng sumabak sa mga pirata sa paligid nang Philippine waters, kahit papano puede itong rumisponde sa mga sakuna sa dagat hindi po ba?  Noon nga si Abu Sabaya rubber boat lang na me dalawang mercury outboard engines puede na?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arj-Rosales/100000316270260 Arj Rosales

      bro, u haven’t seen all it’s armaments……just look what a rapid fire oto melera 76mm naval gun can do …..^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Lincoln/1077135911 Tom Lincoln

    A waste of tax payers money !!!  We should invest in developing our on vessels for maritime defense makaka generate pa eto ng Trabaho,

    mga taga gobyerno talaga o o tatalino nyo naman…

    • Anonymous

      ser, ang technology ng pinas, palagay ko hindi pa sapat. baka rubber boats lang magawa natin. baka made ba sarao motors ang magagawa nating warships. ok na muna yang 2nd hand upgarded ship for now. mabuti nga nakatikim ng bagong gamit ang sandatahan lakas natin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arj-Rosales/100000316270260 Arj Rosales

      From the sound of your rants, you don,t even know what the term ” naval defense ” means, and you don’t have a clue what plans have our navy for the future…this is just a start. 

      Ikaw nga kulang ka rin sa gawa…

    • gerry827

      mag-isip ka din… kung gagawa ngaun ng barko dito kelan pa matatapos? 3 years minimum? e kailangan na natin ngaun!…

  • Anonymous

    We need this one for protection…..

  • Anonymous

    PNoy’s achievement after 1 year is already surpassing in many fronts arroyo’s 9 years of corrupt governance. PNoy is on to become the best Philippine President. Keep it up PNoy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/katipunan Andres Bonifacio

      WOW! Have you taken your meds?! What achievement are you talking about? Can you list them please?! The only thing he has done is bought and sold a Porsche! Enlighten us!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZ2LBSU7A6TUEUKTN5YO2CXKY4 Rafael

        ang nagbulag-bulagan ay walang nakikita. ikaw yon andres bonifacio. do your research. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arj-Rosales/100000316270260 Arj Rosales

    Hey, there is budget for Health care already…..why bother? budget spending for defense is different from other gov’t expenditures…..common sense naman bro.

  • Anonymous

    It’s ironic that this former US warship was named after the young revolutionary general who fought and was killed by the American soldiers at the battle of Tirad Pass. It’s just a symbolic show of pride by the Philippine Navy and the country and not at all a force to be reckoned with. In reality, we would be defenseless in an all-out war with China. We would totally be reliant with the United States as it would come to our defense as guaranteed in the Mutual Defense Treaty.

    • http://twitter.com/junkaamino Wilfredo

      Of course, that is an absolute, what have we got to pit against the Chinese. But this is a step in the right direction. Better have started the modernization, than not at all. At least, hindi na ako nasasayangan sa binbayad kong buwis. The 300M that Garcia admitted to plundering could have helped to buy another one of these, just add 150M. Come to think of it, if the previous administrations were able to use the peoples money properly and have not lose it to corrupt generals, we would have a really modern military by now.

  • Anonymous

    Matuwid na Daan delivers! More power PNoy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_36U76KLAGS6SM3PK3V3SXXLY4E Lauro

    You are right because even here in Los Angeles, California at Seafood Mart own and operated by Filipinos, rice for sale comes from Thailand and Vietnam.

  • http://twitter.com/junkaamino Wilfredo

    Question po, nagbabayad ka ng tamang buwis, if at all? 

  • calvin schiraldi

    Again, vietnam is spending $2Billion on new submarines. Thats roughly Php 90,000,000,000! Gov’t spent Php 450,000,000 for this 2nd hand ship. If only they can spend that much properly…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUVZQYX3IUO7R2PEZRDS6ZDFUA RamBoDan

    gOOD lUCK pNOY ON YOUR qUEST TO uPGRADE THE pHILIPPINE aRM fORCES…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLU22OZ4CSZZ5R53HTPSSOXVAQ Joms Lapira

    Ito problema sa atin eh. We have a lot of room for criticism but little or no room for appreciation. Let’s tweak our perspective a bit, and maybe wisdom would strike us like lightning.

    Panatang Makabayan, Lupang Hinirang.

    • gerry827

      talangka kasi pag-iisip ng mga iyan…

  • Falayfay

    sinuri ba ni Pnoy yan kung brandnew ba o segunda mano galing kay Chongbian? wahahah

  • Anonymous

    eh kung gumawa na lang kaya ng bago sa mga shipyard natin sa cebu sa subic sa bataan saan man mayroon at saka lagyan ng mga kanyon, machine gun, torpedo, helipad, di maganda pa sana, gawang pinoy. 46years old? halos kasingtanda ng pres. noynoy, ninegotiate na ng us coastguard ang barkong iyan for demolition sa mga scrap buyers ng korea at japan at taiwan. iyan ang sinasabing one man’s garbage, another man’s treasure.

    • Anonymous

      para mong sinabi na bakit hindi na lang tayo gumawa ng sarili nating sasakyan para makipag kumpetensya sa imported cars gamit ang pasilidad ng sarao at tuscanny motors.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZTS3TLVMLF7HEGF467OJ2PXYF4 Kentsg

      Think on, Sir. Everybody can make a car but not car with arsenal and latest defense technology with it.

      • Anonymous

        exatly the point. some thinks it’s best for us to build our own warships.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    revival of the coast guard ito
    hindi philippine navy

    nakakatawang flagship ng navy
    ay isang malaking coast guard cutter

    e ano kung impressed
    ang us navy
    sa magaling naman talaga
    ang pilipino sailors
    natutu nga sa atin ang u.s.
    sa guerilla warfare

    ang kailangan natin
    maraming fast missile boats o facs

    hindi mamahaling, mahinang pwersang, malalaking
     
    madaling tamaan ng silkworm missile
    na coast guard vessels

    ano ito palakihan ng ano?
    wala namang binatbat

    pinaglalandakan pa ng u.s.
    na may utang na loob tayo

    hindi matuwid na daan ito

    • gerry827

      wag ka ng matawa dahil wala kang alam…

  • franklyn flores

    Malikom lang ang mga nakaw ng mga Arroyo at mga Marcos at mga cronies nila pwede na na tayong makipag sabayan sa kahit anong bansa… Kung bibili tayo ng mga kagamitan galing Russia . Su 37 at mga attack helicopters at pwede ring tayong maka bili at refurbish ang mga air craft carrier nila

  • http://twitter.com/Lakan_Kildap Lakan Kildap

    may flagship pa ba ngayon e wala na ngang fleet engagements? anong armas nito?

  • Anonymous

    Yung mga Fighter planes at warships kasi para sa armed forces of the philippines naconvert ito toyota land cruisers, BMW X5, Nissan safari, Mitsubishi Pajero and other SUVs. mas urgent kasi ang pangangailangan ng mga dating nasa pwesto.

  • http://twitter.com/Lakan_Kildap Lakan Kildap

    ang pinakamurang paraan para ipagtanggol ang spratlys e budburan yang paligid nyan ng sea/marine mines. para walang makinabang. altho considering walang konsiderasyon ang china sa kapakanan ng kanyang mga mamamayan o kawal, siguro ibubuwis nila ang buhay ng kahit ilang daang diver para lamang tanggalin ang ilalagay nating mina.

    • gerry827

      eh paano yung mga mangingisda natin? yung mga commercial ships na dumadaan? pasasabugin mo rin?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMEPEYAFNX7C6V7S2ZHZI5WE54 Jackmon

    I really don’t know what going on in Aquino’s mind, why does he keep on investing in wash out and third hand military ships, planes, vehicles etc. that will eventually will have no benefits/ effects when the big players join in or a war broke out. Is he just wasting our taxes for his pride and fame?

    Why don’t he just focus on what the Philippines’ basic needs and problems to be solve like poverty, literacy and economy. We really are in no position to talk about military power where we can’t even feed our people properly. Like some people says ” Common sense are no longer common”…..

  • Anonymous

    One year of PNoy we already have BRP Gregorio del Pilar. 9 years of arroyo, nothing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2RI3LJVGNNED3XPMG7HVMIIO4 Herbert

    It is also a symbol of pasalubong and pabaon systems in AFP. Watching the news yesterday made me shook my heads in shame because PAF also displayed their vintage and unsafely air planes. Poor soldiers due to over corruption of Philippine Millionaires’ Academy graduates.

  • Anonymous

    no offense meant but is this ship a symbol of our defense? heaven help us then…

    • Anonymous

      dapat yun tora-tora na lang?

    • Anonymous

      After decades of neglect and corruption, magandang simula na ito kay PNoy.

  • Anonymous

    After years and decades of neglect and corruption, magandang simula na ito ni PNoy. Salamat Lord kay PNoy, kahit limitado ang pondo malayo ang nararating.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J47R2PJFKFPPV25TLBRVNXIYKY Mel

    From the majority of comments here I think we need to invest more on our sense of nationalism, we seem to have eroded on that part. We mock made in China, we mock made in Taiwan look where they are now. Remember when we mock our military we mock ourselves.

  • Anonymous

    What an arrogance? I think the President has really nothing in his head. In fact even his hair is deserting his skull. It is shameful to brag this ship that has risen from our junkyard (USA). as a symbol of the country’s determination to depend the sovereignty of the country. The fact of the matter, our country made money out of the recyclable of our navy. Moreover, the only beneficiary is him and his thieves, the generals of the ghost army. They, together with their commander in chief and his shooting buddies will used it as their cruise ship. Mr. president (with a small letter) the Filipino people is the wall of defense of the country not your ghost army and your junk ship.

    • Anonymous

      what are U talking about? For how many years the AFP has been neglected for how many years despite funds flowing into them for their modernization, and now you berate this president for making moves to modernize the AFP. He said that this is just the beginning. U read, and read carefully instead of making nonsense comments. Arrogant? Look in the mirror!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        You don’t need to modernize and army that is rotten to its core. You have to dismantle it and replace it with a new one that is imbued with honesty and public service, not impunity and thievery. Maybe you are sleeping for to long even longer than RIP VAN WINKLE.
        The Military was and is the recipient of biggest share of national budget. They just steal it. As for your President, being berated, You don’t need to. He has no rating at all. His rating is for sucker like you. Yes, I looked in the mirror, and saw many miseducated people around – like you.

    • Anonymous

      Oh boy. Hater. Go back to the States with your green card or whatever. You can’t even type a coherent statement, can’t spell properly, and yet you proclaim your country’s supposed superiority, accuse the President of using this as a cruise ship? Sheesh. What ignorance. If this is what passes for green cards, or (shudder) naturalized citizenship nowadays, I think the INS have made a mistake.

      We don’t need your kind here. It really is easy to criticize and type away, reveling in your own biases.

      Oh, btw? You’ll probably lose hair, too. Just sayin’.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Totoy-Mola/100001186238171 Totoy Mola

      haha kaya tignan mo yung USA mo lubog sa UTANG…

      your the kind of Fil-Ams i really hate.. you really dont know anything…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

        better not to wallow in self pity, better to think and face the future in a positive way. we really have a lot of untapped talent. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

        totoy mola, hating is a very bad thing to say. you must be hurting really bed.

  • Anonymous

    another symbol! nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    This new Phil Navy ship may not be as modern as the average USN naval warships, nonetheless it is most welcome development for me. At least in the first year of this administration, it has already acquired one navy warship which is unheard of in the previous admininstrations. We can expect more modernization acquisitions to happen during the remaining 5 years.

    On the part of the PN personnel, they are expected to use the vessel professionally – e.g. dont load any ‘un-official cargo’ again.

  • http://twitter.com/krakenitor nemo

    Philippines must make its own double hulled ships. It creates jobs to Filipinos and would start shipbuilding industry in the Philippines. It has a lot of talented workers, marine engineers and unemployed masses who can work in shipbuilding. Why not create this industry and give jobs to Filipinos? Is Philippines going to buy always when it can make its own? Develop Philippines first and everything will follow.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      kasama na po yan sa long-term self-reliance defense projects. research nyo na lang din po kung alin sa mga kasalukuyang Navy ships natin ang gawa locally. nabanggit ko na po yan dito ilang beses na.

  • Anonymous

    mr president, ang mga pilipino noon ang kinikilalang mahusay na gumawa ng kanyon at bangkang panglayag.hanggang ngayon, kinikilala tayong mga magdaragat. buhyain mo ang industriya ng paggawa ng barko dito!!! malaki na ang 2.5B$ kung sakali. gamitin natin ang ano ang mayroon tayo na gamit.yung mag jets na lang bilhin…
    wag masyadong dependent sa mga tira tirahan ng mga banyaga. di tayo aasenso dyan.ang chinese, kayod.sariling research.LAGAY KAPONDO SA SICENCE AND RESEARCH, INDUSTRIES AND EDUCATION!!!tapos, yung technology na pwede na kunin ng di na duplicate trabaho sa research, ninanakaw nila>GANAYN DIN US AND USSR NOON, NAKAWAN NG TECHNOLOGIES.O KAYA BILIN SA ALLIES NATIN>padala sila advisor dito. tamang ganun lang noypi!

  • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

    your patriotic concern is understandable, you dont know what you’re talking about. kahit ang China bumibili ng “tira-tirahan” na binabanggit mo. yung “bagong” aircraft carrier ng China na Varyag, katakot-takot na repairs ang ginawa nila pagkatapos nilang bilhin sa Russia. halos lahat ng mga developing countries at top economies bumibili ng second-hand equipment to augment specific needs.

  • Anonymous

    Remember guys, defense of our EEZ is not only the sole reponsibility of the Navy. We need a credible Air Force likewise!

  • arabuton ako

    Dami palang luma na barko ang navy natin… Pinakamagandang gawin dyan ay ibangga sa aircraft carrier ng china…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBW2BZX34JXQUSVAMZVKCLNAU TagaDumantay

    We can build our own warship. Commission a group of nautical and marine engineers to design and make a study of building one. The ship itself is not hard to do, we been doing it for so long. It is the electronics controls and communication system including the turbines we need to import. But is is a matter of assembling only and fit the item according to the design.
    Anything land base or sea base transport, we can do it here. I don’t have confidence in aircraft manufacture since error will be catastrophic. But those for land and sea, we can learn as we go at low risk for accident.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      retweet:  meron din po tayong self-reliance defense projects. and as mentioned,
      ang Aguinaldo class ships natin ang isa sa mga gawa locally na Navy
      ships. kailangan lang po muna nating alamin ang efforts ng ating mga
      kababayan.

  • Anonymous

    Nice start for the Philippines!  Oldie but goodie, so they say!  We are very good at making old machines work through our intrinsic ability for mechanical repairs and equipment enhancements.  Just look at the vehicles running in our roads and highways.  The engine may be toyota, the body may be chrysler,other spare parts maybe from Ford, Hyundai, to name a few, and we made them work!

  • Anonymous

    ah!
    matakot n kayang mangisda yun mga taga vietnam, taga cambodia, etc… sa dagat natin?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HB277BTO63N5IBUIPQK2BJZTGM Carl

    …something really Good is Happening in PH Govt..Keep it coming Mr. President!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NJNV6WMCAJ44FECKWLLVIWGC2E Vic

    This ship is a symbol of our mendicant mentality. Palimos naman, Americans. Baka meron pa kayong scrap dian. Dito nyo na lang itapon.

    • Anonymous

      If I remember correctly, being a mendicant means getting something for free. This isn’t. The taxes of the Filipino people paid for this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VUNHPRVNPXHNURSPAZ2375AIY Art lopez

    itong mga news item tungkol sa SYMBOL of OUR DEFENSE ay primer lang po ito kasi pupunta si pnoy sa china. yun nga lang ang simbolo natin ay isang pinag lumaang coast guard cutter — NAKAKA LUNGKOT at NAKAKA HIYA po. deliberate po itong mind conditioning para sa mga issues kuno sa pag bisita ni pnyo sa tsina. pagkatapos ng bisita siguradong kakalimutan na itong mga defense depens kuno. pa epek lang ito kasi galit talaga si pnyo sa mga sundalo dahil sa pagpatay sa kanyang tatay at mga coup kay cory. kaya hala sige mag si tuwadtuwad po  tayo sa daan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HXCWVVJUPHB7NEY6KVZ2AKEL3Y darrel

    philippines should acquire more vessels kahit 2nd hand lang. this time is a good opportunity for our country, dahil kailangan ng US coast guard ng pondo to modernize their side at naputol pa ung fundings nila from federal government. And buying well maintained ships from them in a low price is a good idea. yung 11.5 billion na budget sa golf course eh kyang bumili ng  20 vessels with the same price ng M/V gregorio del pilar.

  • Anonymous

    Si PNoy lang pala makapagbibigay ng ganitong equipment sa Phil Navy. 9 years of arroyo, walang nangyari. Siguradong marami pang magagawa si PNoy. Magandang panimula ito.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBN7BOTJOM2RY4YWNBHAEUM4CQ Oasis

      andito ka din? hehehehe, parekoy… matanda pa sau ung BRP na yan! hahahahaa!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBN7BOTJOM2RY4YWNBHAEUM4CQ Oasis

      andito ka din? hehehehe, parekoy… matanda pa sau ung BRP na yan! hahahahaa!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSCZ4ZURCSF4KM4GOYD4KG3KNM Gerald

    That’s it. UKAY-UKAY everywhere … shirts, pants, shorts … and SHIPS. Pinoys really love hand-me-downs.
    But still I appreciate very much our government for spending upgrades for our military, even if that’s all we can afford. We still have the guts to show China that they just can’t stare us down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBN7BOTJOM2RY4YWNBHAEUM4CQ Oasis

    bias tlaga tong inquirer na to… di man lang binaggit ung Hamilton na yan ay ginawa pa nung 1967… pag daong sa pinas ung pintura natutuklap na… dapat nag order na lang sa ship builder sa Cebu (Aboitiz-Tsuneshi)… bago na, gawang Pinoy… nkapagbigay pa ng trabaho sa mga Cebuano…

    • Anonymous

      Hi Oasis, agree ako sa iyo. Sana nga mag-order and military natin kahit maliliit na mga ships sa Cebu para mag-pump ng pera sa local economy.

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        Stoneworks Marine, a local company, is currently supplying assault crafts to the Philippine Navy.

    • Anonymous

      The 3,390-ton, 115-meter Gregorio del Pilar, a decommissioned US Coast
      Guard vessel, is 46 years old. It replaces a World War II-era destroyer
      as the country’s flagship vessel.   O ayan galing sa inquirer yan…magbasa kasi kayo sa mga mata nyo. but I agree that we can make our own version of the BRP…

  • Anonymous

    even chinese navy ships and air force jets are hand me downs from the russians. Mabuhay ang Philippine Navy!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LSC6LC55H5VT4O7223VVC7XD7A Maurice

    Battleships are outdated and not a good defense.

    One missle can destroy and sink a battleship.

  • Anonymous

    Magandang simula ni PNoy. 9 years ni arroyo kinurakut lang nila pera walang nangyari.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBN7BOTJOM2RY4YWNBHAEUM4CQ Oasis

      f u have d evidence magsampa ka ng kaso… tulad nalang ni de lima… puro dakdak… nasupla ng SC sa watch order… hehehhehee!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

        kaya may dahilan si Pnoy na hindi sinunod ang kanyang mga suggestion after nang hostage crisis…

  • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

    is the ship’s naming after Gregorio del Pilar prophetic? mukhang matatalo rin ito ah. anyone remember how del Pilar’s life ended?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      Oo naman, pero China ang kalaban at hindi Kano,kaya ang mangyari nyan tatalunin muna natin ang Chinese navy tapos babayaran nang China ang US…iyon na, tapos na naman si Gregorio!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but del Pilar’s “last stand” was a gentleman’s gallant defeat for a greater cause, which is to ensure the safety and survival of others. Focusing on the defeat alone is short-sighted.

      • http://jaoromero.wordpress.com Jao Romero

        i’m just saying naming it after a defeated general is portentous.

  • arabuton ako

    Basta mahilig kang maglaro ng video games, warfreak ka talaga…

    Mabuhay ka Pres. Pnoy ! Laban tayo sa china… nasalikod mo kami na mahilig maglaro ng counterstrike..

  • Anonymous

    Mas mabuti ang luma kaysa wala.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

    Sabi ni Pnoy sa PNP, “siguradong brand new para sa inyo”. 

    Eh sa Navy naman? 

    Ang sagot ng iba dito, “Mabuti na ang 2nd hand kesa wala”. 

    Makikita talaga natin ang fairness ni Pnoy.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s see.

      PNP’s second hand helicopters = purchased at way above the price of brand new, and with malicious intent at that (getting the government to pay for way above brand new prices only to get used equipment)

      This 2nd-hand navy ship = purchased for a little over the price of scrap

      I don’t know about you, but that seems fair enough to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KY5F4WA363K7W2IFQXWEQKVX54 r

    We are not just a country of talkers. We are also one of more talkers. Although we boast to have one of the highly skilled people in the world, WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO THINK. We talk, we blah, blah, blah. We should be wise. Leave the hard part to the Americans – the costly infrastructure – we cannot afford them while Juan dela Cruz only lives by P50 per day. We cannot afford an Aegis class frigate, neither a nuclear sub. But this we can do, and using our meager resources – multiple launch missiles, ICBMs, Multi purpose crafts (done by Propmech – Phil company), cruise missiles, UAVs (these can be fitted with embedded mutli core PCs running on cameras and UV and IR sensors, utilizing off-the-shelf GPS boards). Yes, these can be done! And NO ONE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS. We can even make our own nuclear arsenal.

    But talking is always better, it does not cost a cent.

  • Anonymous

    This is good news but going forward we need a fleet of submarines, anti-ship missiles, fighter jets, new warships etc etc… and on top of this i hope most of these are indigenously built mabibigyan pa ng trabaho mga pinoy, dapat sa pinas na ginagawa yan mas mura pa. kaya natin to madaming magagaling dyan sa pinas naeexploit lang sa abroad.   Calling out Pnoy please promote an attitude of self sufficiency. We should be self sufficient on everything, thats how industrialize countries started albeit thats what china is doing now kahit pa reverse engineer at copycat muna ayus lang yun magkakaron pa ng trabaho mga kababayan natin..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UOVXHRXWDYPTBKNF5YTIAPVUKM Lee Soleil

    we can build fast patrol ship in cebu, this also can help our economy & create jobs for us. Hope that they can upgrade our weapon system in the future.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

      i do agree but seems like Pnoy wants “LIBRE”…pang bagong pintura lang ang budget!!!

  • Anonymous

    Even in your comment,  except for some, like your president has a borderline IQ: mabuti na kasa wala TSE. fair talaga si pinoy, really, he bought a toy to his thieving military.

  • Anonymous

    My Filipino friend told me that the meaning of pinoy is rotten egg. I reacted are you sure, He said, YES. not the Filipino people. HIM.

    • Bab ski

      u mean 8s GMA? and all the Arroyos!

  • http://twitter.com/SampalocKid sampalok kid

    ilang porsyento kaya ang contract nito ? at sa gaano katagal ang bayaran ? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    hindi natin kailangan ang barko na iyan….i-hostage nalang natin ang mga Chinese, low budget pa!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    hindi yan ang panimula, patapos na iyan!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    gerry827, saan mo ba nakuha ‘yang 3 yrs???…dre,huwag kang masyadong negatibo mag-research ka muna kung ano ba talaga ang ating capability as one of the biggest ship-builder sa Asia.

  • Bab ski

    at least PNOY bought something for our troops… GMA? 9 yrs in office but only generals got modernized their household… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    dapat mga politician ang crew dyan payag ka ba dre???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    Burn, just to remind you that we, including me na isang OFW ay katakot-takot ang trabaho namin dito sa abroad para magawa at matapos on timely manner ang isang project.Kaya kung ang sinasabi mong katakot-takot na repairs ang ginawa ng mga Chinese ay kayang kaya nating gawin iyan ang problema lang ay budget.It’s all about money, money moves the earth!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZTRAYGWODVPYHLZBBZVCGFZ464 Burn

      Kabayang Aspo, (semi)OFW din po ako. katakot takot din po ang trabaho ko dito at sa abroad. naiintindihan ko ang gusto ninyong iparating. pero hindi lang po budget ang dapat i-consider. yung long-term factors ang pinaguukulan din po ng pansin. kung aircraft carrier po ang binabanggit nyo, hindi po ideal sa ngayon na magkaroon tayo nyan for several reasons na ang military ang mas nakakaalam. nagsasalita po ako not on behalf of Pnoy or the generals. independent din po akong critic at reviewer ng mga nangyayari sa lipunan natin. at ang drive ng armed forces natin to upgrade and modernize ang tinututukan ko po coupled with research and corroborative inquiries directly with defense experts and private individuals. rest-assured, binabantayan po natin ang kilos ng mga nasa position simula ngayon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

    This is ship is the symbol of our defense… or the lack of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    libre yan dre!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    ‘yon ang akala mo, e ang dami kayang naging ex-girlfriend nya… achieve na achieve!!!

  • pinoy smacker

    What a big joke and waste of money… Penoy please think!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arj-Rosales/100000316270260 Arj Rosales

    Hater, critics pour on…..the way we think, the way reporters and media think and report…nakaka-hiya ang GMA-7 sa reporting nila ng PF-15, sakit nyo sa batok!! 

    We can never really modernize as a nation, the lack of sense and the lack of appreciation big or small for our country…..utak talangka talga ang karamihan ng mga pinoy…..mahilig sa kontra, sana reserach muna bago criticize.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

      tama ka riyan Arj. the sad fact is that we are a poor country. the good thing is that we have a vast pool of engineers and technical people who can imagineer, create, re-design. re-think, re-invent… we just need one really knowledgeable, technically competent manager who can transform this vast talent into a workable plan … BUT crack the whip to produce. there are so many templates for our very best engineers to re-produce, re-engineer, re-invent, re-design, re-idea, re-everything.  i bet our metal workers from cebu and subic are better metal craftsmen than the chinese. i bet my Filipino Heritage that this is a Fact.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MWGGJFRWHMN55CVS52HGXRPE5E Stone

    From the article…”The 3,390-ton, 115-meter Gregorio del Pilar, a decommissioned US Coast Guard vessel, is 46 years old.”-lol its a huge jeepney on the sea !! (jeepneys are also decommissioned war vehicles from the past), wasting our country’s funds for trash… at least jeepneys are useful public utility vehicles…”US Navy impressed”

    -I see it as a sarcasm… 46 year old technology, even grade schools from japan can operate it.
    I would rather see it as “US Navy impressed that Philippines bought the decommissioned trash”

    With the trash purchased it gives “Revival of Philippine Navy” ? It makes Philippines look bad…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDLJBVQKYUSWJAK6ICQITGFTUU Toni

    This ship is the symbol of our defense… parang PBA ata – one on one ang defense.

  • toyang hermitanya

    Can we let Medio do some more refurbishing?
     
    Like putting penis in the ship’s bow….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    Lakan,e di wala ring pakinabang ‘yong plano mo???…mas mura at effeective, hostage na lang natin ‘yang mga Chinese katulad nang nangyari noon…di ba apology lang hingi nila sa kay Pnoy?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    marami tayong Pawnshop, ano ka ba???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    bato-bato sa langit…sana ang tatamaan ay naka-hellmate!!!

  • Bab ski

    for the critics, just named any president that tries to modernize AFP? i guess everyone.. but doing it? PNoy just have the right step.. before u criticize, pls ask how many ships GMA bought? is it as many generals she made millionaire?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    yehey…horsepower!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFY4Q6R2K5YUZEXXIJO3TLG2UM Aspo resurrection

    .ang nawawalang 1900 container van equivalent nang 100 tomahawk cruise missile at may sukli pa dahil malaki ang discount natin sa U.S made equipments…Alvarez, ikaw ha suli mo na para may pambili tayo!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Polate/100001906294798 Bernard Polate

    mas ok na yan kaysa naman sa wla yung mga nagdaang pangulo ng pilipinas di nga nakaisip bumili ng ganyan pinataba lang nila ang mga bulsa nila.
     

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Gerona/1385084187 Jason Gerona

      hmmm, sigurado ka ba na panahon na ni PNOY nung nag contract signing nang binili ang lumang barko na ito?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nestordamus Nestor Fermin

        oo nga ano? baka eto e mahinang dumating na matagal nang order ni gma….natagalan kasi nga matanda na uugod ugod sa dagat..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Polate/100001906294798 Bernard Polate

    magmukla kay kurakot na ramos hanggang kay gloria puro kurakot ang painaggagawa nila.
     

  • Anonymous

    “This ship symbolizes our newly acquired ability to guard, protect, and if necessary, fight for the interests of our country,”

    Wooowwwwwww!!! what more can you say

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Gerona/1385084187 Jason Gerona

      Ok, then how can you guard when your facing a stealth ship from china?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        Stealth nga eh!!!!   ano ba? how can you? stealth nga kasi. 

  • Anonymous

    Go and collect all the corrupted money from Marcus, Arroyo, Amputuan, Senators, Generals´s INSTEAD!!!

    Then buy a NEW ship

  • Anonymous

    wow! nice! we just bought a decommissioned ship and we act like we can rumble with our Asian neighbors. 

    what a display of bravadoism!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      other aisan countries do the same

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LM3A3YMF3CWSKT6TTV7UTYE2LI Stahldrac

    I wish Pinoy would also buy fast destroyer or frigate class warships from US or Britain. As well as F16’s or F15’s. This is a nice start for us, at least now our taxes are put into good use. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      yeah than can be a reality.  if all Filipino will pay correct taxes, stop corruption within themselves and work hard for the country.  As for the Gov’t be truthful with any purchase, stop marking up items for kickbacks

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZQHBLHY5HIZ7G5K3OWJKDTAHOA Bert

    Rich country like USA dicomissioned there ship and build a new one…lets buy all there used ship and refurbised them…like what were doing in the Philippines buy an old dilapidated cars and make it to a brand new one.. and at the same time we can add employments to engineers, welders , painters etc. etc.

    • http://twitter.com/maco_lit Elmer Quanico

      lets build one OURSELVES!!! how about that!

  • Anonymous

    Salivating for second-hands
    The PNP bought their controversial choppers shrouded with deceit and corruption–as they were declared brand new and therefore priced as brand new.  The Arroyo government lost money and denied the police to fly new and good condition choppers.
    The AFP bought from the US a declared second-hand ship filled with excitement and pride–as it is the first ever modern destroyer our navy could ever have. The Aquino government got a bargain and acquired additional firepower and created self-confidence for the sailors.
    Gloria salivates excessively for profits from the sale of the used choppers, and not being outdone, PNoy also salivates for savings from the acquisition of the equally used Hamilton-class cutter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002425074187 Kotono Yuuki

    For God’s sake, ang dami nyong satsat!  Kung ganito talaga kayo kadiskumpiyado sa bansang ito, lumayas na kayo!  Wala din naman kayong nagagawang maganda eh at saka walang matitira dito kapag binomba tayo ng China.  As for me, isa ako dun sa mapupulbos, Reservist ako.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      hahaha. puro dada ba mga iba dito??? yung puro dada eh walang ginagawa yna para sa bayan nila. I am a reservist too 131st RR BN

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cyrus-D-Viruz/100002634092993 Cyrus D Viruz

    ang TANONG? ..may pambili ba tayo kung gusto nyo ng mga mas magagandang sandata?.. ganito lang yan, tutal marami naman ang mga mayayaman n Filipino-Chinese na proclaiming that they are true Filipino blooded and (including with the Marcos Wealth and unleash the pork barrel..)., why not try to convince them, solicit/share some of their wealth and raise fund for the modernization of defense weapons our Philippine Armed Forces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyronne-Abdul-Goldstein/100002285524648 Tyronne Abdul-Goldstein

    it’s an old, refurbished, antiquated, to be discarded military asset by the US, u call this ‘defense?’
    it’s a Mickey Mouse ship.

    Philippine military only flexes their muscle against local Filipino civilians

    • Anonymous

      Kung gusto mo ay ikaw na kaya ang bumili ng bago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cyrus-D-Viruz/100002634092993 Cyrus D Viruz

    if were Pnoy, ill buy 6 warships, ( 2/Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), 6 submarines, ( 2/Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) and 30 F-117 ( 10/Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao)   …and (Lets Get Ready to Rumble!!!)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPP5YYIWBIDJY6TBQCTQSTPO3Q Anonymous

    now china has a real target to practice on!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

    that flagship of the Philippines Navy is going to be easy meat for Chinese, Vietnamese and Malaysian frigates!

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      and i have witnessed a lot of Malaysian navy “sharpshooters” eaten alive by Filipino women in World Shoot Championships side exhibition matches. Filipinas embarrasing Malaysian men in the art of sharpshooting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

        you must be a frickin moron, we are talking about naval warfare and here you are comparing war with shooting championship? your BRP gregorio will be sunk in minutes from Malaysian Exocet, Otomat and Harpoon (fired from Hornet jet)….not to mention our submarines…..against China….Silkworm missiles, Russian missiles, you are DEAD MEAT!

        and oh, I forgot that the Philippine Air Force will be dogfighting against Malaysian Sukhois, Migs and Hornet using Bronco aircraft! not to mention China or Vietnam air force!

        the Americans treat you like dogs and you are still loyal to America! they give you garbage and you call that a flagship! they even remove the Phalanx on the ship before selling to you!

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        i’m just trying to say that we have the better warriors regardless if we have the crudest ship or plane. your guys can’t shoot (your guns, your missiles, whatever) even if you have the most modern hardware. man-to-man your soldiers will be GROUND MEAT against ours.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

        hahaha……ground meat? your Philippines Army can’t even beat Abu Sayyaf and MILF! in 2007 six of them got beheaded! and you think you got better warriors? you have not try our Navy PASKAL!

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        hhmm…are Abu Sayyaf and MILF Malaysians? from now on, i’ll be scared with the Malaysian “warriors”. they’ve invaded Mindanao! they’re the best!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

        ignorant and arrogant Pinoy like you will be butchered when any foreign invader come to your country, your Navy is a joke with old ships, your air force can’t fly supersonic! and your army can’t even defeat NPA, MILF and Abu Sayyaf!

  • Oscar Lei

    That 46-year old ship is going to deter China? China recently brought out it’s first aircraft carrier. If a shooting war occurs, Our Gregorio Del Pilar would be sunk in minutes. Aquino will do more good for the country by installing all the right changes, in order to attract away many of the investors now in China. The only way, we can never be bullied is for the country to become strong economically (military strenght will follow).

    • Anonymous

      China’s aircraft carrier is also a refurbished one.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      have anyone said that this ship will fight against an aircraft carrier????  I think no one did.  and I am sure the Captain of this ship is smarter than you to think about going against an aircraft carrier.  What have you done for your country?  did you serve????  maybe not.  whith your thinking i bet you didn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kayhanalee Kay Hanalee Villanueva

    …I just hope and wish that the transactions involving the purchase of this ship is clean and free from hidden interests. Moreover, it seems that P-noy does not know his priorities……And, a mere ship does not increase our defense. It’s the people that uses the weapon that would make it work…..

  • Anonymous

    pasensya na mga kababayan, ito lang ang nakayanan…46 yrs old n basura ng america….naubos n kasi an g pera n pambili ng makbagong warship..naubos s pasalubong at pabaon ng mga magagaling nating heneral…at pati n ng mautak nating presidenteng pandak…

  • Anonymous

    nagkaroon lang ng isang lumang barko pinagyayabang na.dapat maging humble siya sa pagkakaroon ng isa.mantakin mo lang kung giyerahin siya ng china e baka isang minuto lang  nasa malakanyang na ang chinese ambassador para purmihan ang surrender.hehehehe

  • EVILCOUPLE

    Barko yan ng  Aboitiz or Magsaysay Shipping.      Kawawang Pilipinas, ang bagong biling warship 40 yrs old na.

    Pang RORO yang barko na yan, nilagyan lang ng kanyon sa unahan para masabing warship.  tsk tsk tsk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    eh sa yan lang ang kaya ng pinas na bilhin ano magagawa nyo? me pera ba ang pinas? mabuti nga nakabili pa kesa naman wala.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

    Philippines Navy is the Joke of Asia!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

      agreeee

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

       wait and see Mr. Adnan. wait and see.

  • Anonymous

    33days tinakbo ang 14,679 km or 9117 miles, eh di tumatakbo lang pala ng mahigit 11knots ang barkong iyan. ang mga barko ng APL baka 16days lang tinatakbo ang pacific galing asia puntang us westcoast. tapos is that how gullible our navy officers are? eh iyong kano belib sa inyo sa katangahan ninyo iyong basura nila pakikinabangan pa ninyo, nagandahan pa kayo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      really????  you compare this ship with APL’s ship????   are they the same with propulsion system? how about fuel capacity?

  • Anonymous

    Though the newly acquired  warship is 46-years old and our defense is not comparable to that of China, the acquisition of this warship shows our determination to defend our sovereignty and interest particularly in the West Philippine Sea. It sends a clear message that the Filipinos will defend what we believe is rightfully ours. The reaction of China shows that our message has reached them.

    • Anonymous

      Ano reaction ng China? Sumakit ang tiyan sa kakatawa. It’s like showing up in a gunfight bringing a fork. May determination nga, but without the hardware to back it up, it’s just all hot air.

      Dapat kasi the Philippines should open its own weapons research and manufacturing institute. If Taiwan can do it, why not the Philippines?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        walang investor ang gusto mag invest to develop weapons system for AFP.  sa liit ng budget ng AFP hindi enough yung cost ng research and development.  Ilang beses ba bumibili ng hardware ang AFP?  not that often. ammunition yes they buy often.

      • Anonymous

         If you have read the news above, the reaction of China is that it issued a warning to the Philippines stating that we could pay a “high price” for building up our military presence in the West Philippine Sea. By their statement, it means that they are taking the issue of our military build up seriously. 
        Though I agree with you that we should build and manufacture our own weapons and military hardware, at the present situation, the best reaction for us against the bullying of China is to show to them that Filipinos are not cowards and that we will always defend our sovereignty.   

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        and yung mga batikos ng batikos dito, if ever there will be a war, lalaban ba kayo?  or you will just complain again???

      • http://www.facebook.com/juan.deelacruz Juan DeelaCruz

        HeH!
        ako lalaban for sure!
        lalaban ng takbUhan…he3

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        karera tayo ha.   :)

  • Anonymous

    Pnoy, hindi mo muna tinanong si Mar kung may available syang mga piloto galing sa Capiz..Magagaling ang mga piloto natin sa Capiz..Hindi na kailangan ng Eroplano.(mananaggal), kaya makakatipid tayo. he! he! he!.. Palpak na naman si Pnoy, pinagmalaki pa ang 40 yrs old na technology..Tuloy bistado na ng mga instsik kung anong armas myroon ang ating Navy.. Walang military secrecy itong si Pnoy..Binibigay lahat sa kalaban ang mga intel..Hmmm! ang gagaling ng mga military advisers mo…lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

    sad………………………….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OVW4E4YCZFX4WBF44MWUQ3ADWA mangkepweng

    well its a start^^ however…corruption is still rampant wish the coa would do its job properly 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

    try recover     marcos   stolen  and  gma   loots……………..    modern       warship.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

    singapore   bettert  equipped  than  phil.     armed   forces…….so   sad

  • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

    the Philippine Navy could be considered by others as the laughingstock of Asia. but the Filipino Navymen are incomparable and the best in the region and the world. the Filipino Navymen are the best assets the Philippine Navy will forever have.

    • Anonymous

      So the best software with antique hardware. Tragic isn’t it?

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        it isn’t. the wonder about the Hamilton-class cutters is that it has the capability to accommodate even the most modern platforms. and as mentioned, there will be more acquisitions. and most of those will be brand new. next ones are the newly-built light aircraft and helicopter gunship carrier from a defense supplier in Indonesia. this supplier has provided a lot of vessels and armaments to singapore, malaysia and non-asian countries. at the same time, some local shipbuilders are currently processing the supply of state-of-the-art fast attack crafts for the Navy. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Mr. Burn, “defense supplier in Indonesia” kamo.. E number one din MANGUGURAKOT ang bansang INDONESIA.. ha .. ha.. ha.. LOL

      • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

        ibang istorya na po ang corruption. ang sa atin po ay dumaan tayo sa tamang proseso at na-acquire po natin ang mga padating na heli-aircraft carrier at mga angkop na armaments sa murang halaga mula sa private defense supplier na iyon.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Mr. Burn, maraming salamat din po sa tugon ninyo.. Nagtatanong la po sa inyo: ano pu ba ang tamang proseso na inyung binabanggit .. he.. he.. he.. LOL Nakita at narinig, pu ba ito ni Mr. Juan Dela Cruz?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        before the transfer of this ship it has modern weapons system like the 76mm Oto Melara gun controlled by the MK 92 Fire Control System capable of firing 80 rounds per minute.  On the stern, a MK15, 20mm CIWS (Close-In Weapons System) mount is ready to take aim against air targets which threaten the ship. The CIWS is capable of firing approximately 3500 rounds per minute. Defense of close in targets is provided by batteries of 25mm chain guns and .50 caliber machine guns. The two MK38, 25mm chain guns are located on the port and starboard side of the ship, just aft of the small boats.  The USCGC Mellon sister ship of the Hamilton was equipped with Harpoon missile.  I dont know If you can still call it tragic.  I other words the PN can fit this ship whith the same weapons system if they wish.

  • Anonymous

    This is a start. Now…..get more ships (better ships if possible), maintain them properly, train their crews well, pay their crews well, and give them missile capability. With that, no one in their right mind will dare to laugh at you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nestordamus Nestor Fermin

    hindi sa nagmamagaling ako pero kaya ba talaga natin ang china? at least ipinakita nga na ipinaglalaban natin ang para sa atin- walang problema doon. pakitaan na ito ng kung sino ang may armas/ maraming armas sa labanan ano? Ang nakakatakot nito e kung hindi malinis ang pagkakabili ng panlaban na ito? hwag sanang matulad sa “helicopter issue” na presyong brand new ang dapat ay hindi. maalala ko noon na pinag-parade ni f.marcos ang tangke at armas ng pilipinas noon na ipakita sa mundo na meron tayo pero wala yun sa context ng kung sino ang may malakas na pwersa sa mundo.”A slingshot against high powered arms.”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

      Oo nga bakit hindi yata dumaan sa bidding process ang biniling PATROL BOAT?  he he he.. Mukhang negotiated bid ang nangyari… ha.. ha.. ha.. Bakit hindi sa Britanya bumili o kaya sa Italya? JUAN DELACRUZ  Naisahan ka na naman.. ha ha ha LOL

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        the ship was acquired under the defense treaty so no need fro bidding.  at kahit bidding eh may kurakot pa rin.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I5WCQRDKQRIUTJAYVC5SHVFAWY marcelo III

        Hi Ed, the purchase of the Warship was done thru F.M.S. with U.S. The cost of that ship is around Php 5B (New). Though 2nd hand, We were able to purchase it at around Php 500M only. The benefits that it will provide our navy will be a boost, skill and technology wise.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

        Thanks for your reply Mr. Marcelo.. FYI that is not a SHIP.. It is just a PATROL BOAT that was used by US Navy Coast Guard .. for many decades.. 4 decades at least.. he he he LOL.  Nagtatanong lang po sa inyo: Bakit pu galit na galit ang ibang SENA TONG kay KANUTU, gayung si KANUTU lang pala ang makakatulong sa PINAS para maging medyo MODERNO ang Philippine Navy .. ha.. ha.. LOL

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      rest-assured sir, binantayan namin ang procurement process ng pagbili dyan. madami pong concerned private groups ang nakatutok from the start. bantayan lang natin pa mga susunod na purchases na sa ngayon so far malinaw at transparent lahat ng bidding process at mga criteria sa pagpili ng tamang vendor, specs, at presyo…tungkol naman sa defensive capability ng Pilipinas, hindi tayo papatalo kahit limitado resources natin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nestordamus Nestor Fermin

    at ang masama pa e maraming nagugutom tapos armas ang binibili ng gobyerno.  naku nakakatakot na ito.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      isa po ang Malampaya sa nagpapasok na bilyon pisong halaga ng kita para sa atin. nagbibigay at magbibigay ng mga bagong trabaho. kailangan po natin pangalagaan ito at mga susunod pang proyekto at investment ng bayan. kung wala po tayong reliable defense systems at hardware, papano pa po natin pananatilihin ang security ng mga investments po natin? importante po ang upgrading ng ating armed forces para bantayan ang mga industriyang nagbibigay ng oportunidad at pagkain sa mga nagugutom nating kababayan.

  • Anonymous

    Si PNoy lang pala makapagbibigay ng ganitong equipment sa Navy. magandang simula na ito. 9 years ni arroyo walang nangyari.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      pinagbili kasi ng fertilizer yung pera. hehehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I5WCQRDKQRIUTJAYVC5SHVFAWY marcelo III

    The Hamilton-class cutter is not a new ship but, It is a good platform for our Navy to train with. It is currently not heavily armed but, it will under go several upgrades to be at par with our neighboring countries.

  • Anonymous

    PNoy is so inspiring. Napakalaki ng pag-asa ng bansa dahil sa kanya. Siguradong marami pa syang magagawa. Malayo ang nararating ng limitadong pondo ng gobyerno dahil malinis at tapat ang pangulo. Siguradong marami pang equipment ang makukuha ngayon ng AFP.

    Godspeed PNoy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

      Nagtatanong la po Mr. Juan dela cruz,  bakit hindi po tinutugunan ni Pnoy ang mga HINAING nang kawawang magsasaka nang Hacienda LUISITA.? Gayung ang nasabing Hacienda ay nasasakop sa Agrarian Reform Act?  Ilan pa pu bang BUHAY ang kaylangan ibuwis para lang mapatupad ang tunay na reporma sa LUPA?  Sinulat pu ninyo na si Pnoy ay malinis at tapat na PANGULO nagtatanong la po.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZAAB7HD25WF7UJIFY3RN6ITS4 ROMEO

    Dagdagan ang pag-acquire ng warships at kailangang bumili ng mga fighter jets para maprotektahan ng Navy at Air Force ang exclusive economic zones at territorial sovereignty ng Pilipinas against Chinese intrusion. A strong armed forces can also boost the pride of the the Filipino nation at para huwag na tayong api-apihin ng mga Chinese!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      yeah tama ka.  pero mga kapwa Filipino natin dito ang ngaapi.  puro batikos pero wala naman silang ginagawa para sa ika bubuti ng bayan. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPGWJWDJZBLE6M6X3EI7LT7LYY Widowmaker

        This is correct. All of the money that our leaders had stolen could be used for defense.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXXX34GENWEVP6IWIELN2M2HPY Ed

      Mr. Romeo nagtatanong lang po.. Pambili nga lang nang BIGAS at GALUNGGUNG e Wala pa si mr. Juan dela Cruz..  tapos bibili pa si Pnoy nang fighter jets?  WARSHIPS pa rin Woweeeeeeee !

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        obligation ba ni Pnoy bigyan ng pang bili ng bigas at galunggong si Juan Dela Cruz???

      • http://www.facebook.com/juan.deelacruz Juan DeelaCruz

        uO naman…anong klaseng tanong ba yan?
        eh mga pinoys nga ang umaasa sa magulang khit matanda na diba?
        GRR..magIcp ka naman.
        IF ndi obligasyon eh di magProvide ng trabaho for self-sufficiency.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        paano mag provide ng trabaho e di nga stable ang security. for decades may internal threat. nasa tao yan kung gusto nila umasa sa magulang nila kahit matanda na.  in other words tamad!  mag icip ka rin.  mas mabuti na yan kesa wala.  that is is a patrol boat not a battleship.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002425074187 Kotono Yuuki

        Ayaw nila kumuha ng bagong gamit ang Armed Forces kase sa kanilang mga komunista unang-una gagamitin.  Sasampolan kumbaga.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WR6SH3N3WQEBU4MK2SWETDSVXY Mon Saloo

    wow feeling strong and safe na si juan dela cruz, ok let’s wage war na against – hmm, which country in the region kaya has more bulok military than that of p.i?

  • http://www.facebook.com/juan.deelacruz Juan DeelaCruz

    GRRR..Sayang lang ang pera tutal NO CONTEST pa rin ang Pinas against whoever and we shall then call our big Bro Uncle Sammy if in case we get into a real fight, got my drift?

    Hence, gastusin na lang yang $2.5B na yan sa mga tao &/or other biz programs that cud generate jobs and then eventually we can buy real military equipment, does it make sense?

    Juan DEELaCruz

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      how can you develop an economy when there is  threat to national security? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/juan.deelacruz Juan DeelaCruz

        This is possible by outsourcing…NEXT QUESTune…

  • Anonymous

    Well, it is a start.  We can have more fast patrol boats with turbo prop engines that can be used to intercept and patrol the vast oceans we have, for a lot cheaper price.  And pleeeze, don’t even entertain the thoughts of a “submarine”.  For a country that does not have the most basic and up to date of naval vessels and not having the $$$$ for maintaining them, we should stick to local maritime protection. We are just not capable in waging naval wars with other countries. lol.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      we’re not capable of waging war with other countries because for decades the priority was internal threat.  Now there is need to protect the country against foreign enemies.  That is why aqcuisition of equipments are changing to the needs.  I agree that maintaining the equipment is another problem. 

    • Anonymous

      Pre, hindi turbo prop engines kundi gas turbine engines at turbo shaft engines ito. Yong turbo prop ay  para sa airplanes yan. Mga C-130 cargo military planes ang may makina nyan. Pero I’m with you on your comments.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you and I stand corrected.

      • Anonymous

        Yung gas turbine na ship propulsion ay tulad ng gamit ng commercial airlines. instead of jet thrusters sa airplanes it is connected to a propeller shaft and propellers on water. it can also be connected to water jets similar to air jets for fighters with after burners for more power. That’s why modern naval ships have adapted this type of propulsion. They have either CODOG or CODAG (combination diesel OR gas; combination diesel AND gas). Meron kasi tawag nila sa NAVY, cruising speed where one does not need speed when they do patrols and for fuel economy also. But when they need speed either to chase or do evasive manuevers, they use the gas turbines. The type of ship dictate their propulsion system.

  • Anonymous

    Ayos yan Mr.President, you are on the right track. Kailangan pa nga natin ng mga fighter jets.
    Kaya tayo kina-kaya-kaya ng mga singkit ay dahil para tayong hubad sa paningin nila.
    Mga yagit. Kaya dapat lang na mag-modernize ang military natin. Ang military natin ay para sa
    depensa ng ating sovereingty ng ating Republica. Kesa nauubos lang ang salapi ng bayan sa mga
    bulsa ng mga corrupt na politicians. Panahon na para magkaisa para maipagtanggol natin ang ating
    lahing Pilipino at bayan sa lahat na nagiisip na tayo ay lupigin. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

  • Viper Strike

    Wag na sanang puro batikos ang gawin ng iba, at least nag-uupgrade ng naval units, pinagtatawanan din ng China ang newest warship dahil kaya nilang palubugin yan, pero ang importante ang bansa natin ay may stand na handang ipaglaban ang islands na nasa EEZ. Gagamitin din nman yan para protektahan ang oil exploration project sa West Philippine Sea dahil laging tinatakot ng Chinese warship. Sa ngayon meron na tayong Malampaya Gas Field at kung madadagdagan pa ‘to mas uunlad ang bansa natin. Marami pa tayong gas reserve sa ilalim ng dagat at kelangan ng maraming oil exploration projects para makagawa pa ng maraming Gas Field. Maraming Gas reserves sa EEZ natin kaya gustong angkinin ng China. Ang Bansa natin ay isang tunay na Perlas ng Silanganan.

  • Anonymous

    this warship is nothing compare to china. Imagine the economy of china, where reserve and surplus is about USD 4 Trillion while the Philippine is suffering from billions of annual budge deficits and trillion of foreign loans. This warship could not intimidate the chinesse people or gov’t because they can have it or they have it already even more advance than what US have.   Kung naririnig natin ang sabi sabi na wag ka magtago sa palda ng nanay mo, pwede natin sabihin sa ating bansang pilipinas na wag tayong magtago sa palda na america!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6V2EHTRN5B345LGOSPBJB77N5E Minda Now

    Is this boat acquired thru the effort of P-NOY admin or GMA admin?

    if yes na si P-NOY talaga ang bumili,  parang kabaliktaran ito sa kanyang sinasabi.

    During the PNP Chopper Issue sabi niya hindi siya bibili ng mga 2nd hand items para PNP/military

    eh bakit itong barko na ito ubod ng tanda…46-years old, halos kasing edad niya binili pa.

    akala ko pa naman totoo yong pangako niya na bago ang bilhin.  hahahaha

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

      commonsense!  helicopter is cheaper than a ship.  it’s like you want a ferrari brand new but you can’t afford it so buy used.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6V2EHTRN5B345LGOSPBJB77N5E Minda Now

        Pinaniwalaan kasi natin na yong kanyang sasabihin ay kanyang tutuparin.

        so paano na kaya ang matuwid na daan?? tutuparin din kaya niya ito??

        eh di ang lumabas tuloy “parang kinain lang niya yong sinasabi niya”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        be realistic.  there are items that we can afford brand new and there are some that we cannot.  isipin mo.  sa halaga ng brand new ship baka makabili tayo ng 2 pa.  big ticket items kasi ito.  were not talking about a few thousands.  we’re talking about hundreds of millions USD!  if u will compare it with the PNP chopper scandal  that chopper is cheap!!!  that is only a piston powered helicopter if you know what it means.

    • Anonymous

      Tanga! yong second hand choppers ng mga arroyo pinalabas nilang bago! niloko ang gobyerno!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ATYAB457SE43LMC2Q6UPT4JPM4 tow truck

        hahah tama!

      • http://www.facebook.com/juan.deelacruz Juan DeelaCruz

        hahaha si 2kayo talga oh.
        Corek ka dyan kc recycled baga…prang recycled ulam na ipinrito lang ulit then pinainit kahit panis,tapos nga eh binenta.
        Kaso lang eh may bumibili pa din…gnun yung mg corrupt na pipol eh, binibili pa din nila ang lies dati, GRR

    • Anonymous

      This was acquired thru PNoy’s efforts. Transparent and honest process. Thanks God.

    • http://twitter.com/burndvinyard Burn Gutierrez

      meron po ba kayong ibang masusuggest na papantay sa kakayanan ng Hamilton class cutter para sa West Philippine Sea sa ganun kamurang halaga?:

      Maximum Range – 14,000 Nautical Miles @ 12 knots
      Power Plant – 2 Diesel Engines, Fairbanks-Morse 12 cylinder, twin turbo charged/supercharged 3,500 Shaft HP Diesel
      2 Gas Turbines Pratt & Whitney FT-4A 18,000 shaft HP Gas Turbines

      kung mayroon po, paki-suggest lang po ng supplier at ng presyo.

  • Anonymous

    Salamat kay PNoy sa katapatan nya. Nakabili agad ang Pilipinas ng ganitong barko sa unang taon pa lang nya. Siguradong marami pang makukuhang equipment ang AFP sa matuwid na daan. Kahit limitado ang pondo malayo ang nararating. 9 years ni arroyo walang nangyari.

    Thank God for PNoy.

  • Anonymous

    This is a very good start for PNoy. No doubt about it, he will be able to deliver more for the AFP.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt, the AFP will receive more equipment under PNoy. He will surpass arroyo’s 9 year performance before end of his 6 year term. Daang matuwid is working! Limited govt resources go a long way because of honest governance.

    Godspeed PNoy.

  • Anonymous

    The US has a lot of mothballed ships of the post Vietnam era which PHL can avail themselves. When the US decides to decommission a Navy ship and it is sent to “mothballs”, those ships are stripped off from the insides and undergo preservation with controlled climate inside and preventing corrosion from the outside, so that they can be brought back to “duty” when the need arises.  They are not “trash” as most posters believe.  In time of need, they just need to be retrofitted, quicker than laying a keel and building a new one…a  good example is the battleship New Jersey, retrofitted with new guns, firecontrol, cruise missles etc, ginamit na uli sa Iraq despite WW2 vintage na.  Di lahat ng barkong galing sa U.S., kahit na matanda na eh, useful pa rin. Hopefully, na-enlightened kayo. lol.

    • Anonymous

      Who is your Enemy by the way? Why would you need a battleship, The one who came to conquer your shore were the Spaniard, American (up to this day by its sheer force and intimidation plus the puppetry of every administration they are still in the country), the Japanese in which one of Noy noy relative was their a collaborator. The Chinese were her since Lim Ma Hong, but the never hurt the Filipinos. The White-men and the Japs did. 

      Its Ironic that the one giving you the ship to (so called) depend your sovereignty is the one who has no respect for your sovereignty.  You seems like educated but don’t know anything about whats really happening. To call you a moron is an understatement. 

      • Anonymous

        Nonsense. i think moron is a description of yourself.

      • Anonymous

        You don’t even have a Filipino name. If i’m a moron, you are a pygmy of the the intellectuals – traitor.

    • Anonymous

      Nasabi ko na lahat itong comments mo in my earlier blog, but just the same parehong pareho ang sinabi natin. May USS ARIZONA ka lang este New Jersey pala! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUJFSZPGZQJZ6NUMMY7XAN5RQ Jose

    Why don’t PI astrive to build ships that buy them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NRME6V5DS4ETWO2FJ3PYNJOXWI Yolly

    maganda ding idea kung bumili ang philippine government ng kahit 4 na submarines.idetail sila sa NSEW ng Pilipinas isa sa northern luzon sa tip ng babuyan channel, isa sa western philippine sea, isa sa eastern philippine sea, at isa sa southern philippine sea. bumili ng 2 squadron fighter jets para sa philippine airforce. bumili ng air to air missiles, surface to air missiles, patriot missiles at ilagay sa kalayaan island. bumili ulit ng 3 hamilton class cutter para sa northern philippines sea, eastern philippines sea at southern philippines sea. Yan ang RED ALERT Strategy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPP5YYIWBIDJY6TBQCTQSTPO3Q Anonymous

      ha ha nice fantasy dude i think ur having a delirium…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZY73BPFXP36FQD5Y7L3TYZHZY Raul Lumacad

      Yes the Philippine military will by two charcoal-powered submarines from Eastern Europe.

  • Anonymous

    “ship symbol of our defense”

    46 years old decommissioned US coast guard ship binuhay at ginawang symbol ng depensa ng pilipinas……ang gandang headline nito…….sabagay ganyan naman din ang afp at gobyerno pinapanatili backward ang pag-iisip para mapanatili ang pagsasamantala sa yaman ng bayan!

  • Anonymous

    President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

    Para bang tayo ay naghahamon. Mas delikado ang ganitong pronouncement. Even Japan that is so modernized military nor Korea did not even  mention  of such symbol.
    China ba ang pinapataman nitong Ship symbol. Beware China your hardware is chippy whereas our is Made in USA.

  • Anonymous

    That is all that it is….a symbol….really of what?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZY73BPFXP36FQD5Y7L3TYZHZY Raul Lumacad

    A 46-year old ship considered as new? WTF. This ship was supposed to be in the Smithsonian Museum, isn’t it? And abnoy is bragging that this garbage is a symbol of our defense when in fact the Chinese military is using push button missiles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

      America has duped you guys! they sell an old scrap and they even took out the Phalanx and 25mm guns! you will have to fight China using your middle finger!

    • Anonymous

      Sabi nga ni Abnoy ay symbol lang, meaning gagawin nya sigurong bantayog or statwa katabi ni Jose Rizal  sa Luneta para sa ganon ay simbolo ng PN para makita ng buong Pinas.  Di naman nya sinabi na ito ay panglalaban sa mga push button na ssm (surface to ship missiles) at sam (surface to air missiles) ng China. Ok pa naman ang ship kaya lang may kulang na armament yata? Kasi yong makina ng ship ay gas turbine engine at currently ginagamit pa rin ng mga latest warship ng US.

  • Anonymous

    Aquino thought that the imagined enemy he is contemplating is as weak as the farmers of Hacienda Luisita to which the board, where he and his mom were members, ordered the massacre knowing full well that the farmers are defenseless.

  • Anonymous

    Saving grace:  If you are not guilty of the killing of the farmers, you are now the Cheif Executive of the land , then prosecute the guilty now. Murder may prescribe but massacre will not, so there will be retribution if not prosecution. If not now, later.

  • Anonymous

    Well, a ll Philippine Presidents, except for Laurel who is a Japanese collaborator, from then up to the present ,are Yankee’s running dogs. The Aquinos are the worst. How ca you even think that the Malaysian and Chinese are your possible enemies when they are your breathens, Asians and Far Easterners, and for all time never intended to subjugate the Filipino people. Well, majority of Filipinos don’t know their history, thats why.They have embraced the American version of their history not knowing that it was intended to conquer their mind, resulting in a state of colonial mentality.

  • Chua Bee

    bravo!!!!! Acquire more Mr President. If this can uplift our dignity our integrity and can gain respect of other countries , so BE it!!!! Despite being poor and developing countries India and Pakistan gained the respect of the world when they built their own nuclear weapons. Weapons, war capabilities gain respect, than mere talkatoons.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing that the Phil. Military is good at, is to be utilized, even for illegal purpose: such election cheating, Stealing its own funds. Make an illegal arrest and hold them against the law. Stage a coup d’ tat
    if their interest is threatened.

  • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

    What is the purpose of this vessel?

    If it is to increase the factor of success for defense against foreign invaders in general and the chinese invasion of Spratleys in particular, then it just might accomplish its purpose by stimulating the invaders to break into excessive laughter as to lead to heart attacks.  If it is for defense against filipinos for whatever reason that turned them to become enemies, then this vessel is just pulling us deeper into a condition of self in conflict with the self with deepening dependency on the north americans for scraps, to preserve self which is under constant conflict with self.

    If for some fantastic twist of events, the vessel did increase the factor of success for defense against foreign invaders in general and the chinese invasion of Spratleys in particular, will we filipinos take possession and control of such vital resource in that area?  If so, how is it that we will this time be able to take possession and control of such vital resource in that peripheral area when we have already lost to the chinses and have not anymore been able to recover from them, possession and control of rice, retail, banking, construction, real estate, airline, automotive, and other vital resources, here in our very main homeland for decades?  How is it, when we have lost to the north americans and the chinese and have not been able to recover from them for decades, possession and control of direction of development of our defense, economy, education, mass communication, human movements and settlements, and foreign policy?

    Who benefits from this vessel?

  • Anonymous

    I join you in your prayers for the safety of of the RPS Gregorio del Pilar and its crew!
    If talk were cheap, we could have bought all the missile patrol boats available in the world market . . ” to protect our sacred shores”! (having a shoreline twice as that of the USA). I have been reading a lot of the comments and i just feel bad for our kabayans to talk that way. Maybe they are just paid agent-provocateurs of PRC.
    Sabi nga kung di ka na rin lang makatulong, hwag ka na maging problema pa!

    Would you imagine 1 or 2 kamikaze filipino pilots aboard OV-10 in desperation dive their planes into the belly of the VARYAG and blast the fuel tanks to kingdom come! Humiliation sometimes bring out the bravery even from cowards.

    ‘Teach a lesson’ is a phrase by the chinese when they invaded Vietnam in 1979. They used their regular Army Divisions to spearhead the attack. Only to be met by vietnam’s militias. After a week of offensive, the chinese realized they were being led into a killing zone by the regular vietnamese divisions eagerly waiting for them! The chinese withdrew posthaste and run to the other side of the border with “tail between their legs” WHO TAUGHT A LESSON?
    Watch out for the provocateurs reacting to this! i can smell you from a mile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Azlan-Adnan/1360818488 Azlan Adnan

    kamikaze pilots? hahahaha….that is the greatest joke coming from stupid Filipinos! do you think the slow OV-10 can even reach the Varyag before getting blast out of the sky from SAM (surface-air-missile) or AAA (anti-aircraft artillery)?

    • Anonymous

      we will have our last laugh Adnan Khasogi! I hope u will be on that ship if and when we do it. Like i told you the rats are now coming out of their holes.

  • Anonymous

    lionking is arrogant and stupid pretending to be smart, plain and simple.

    • Anonymous

      sa paguusap mo lang arao na maliwanag pa talaga sama kayo nina satur, teddy c et al ! d ko man lang kayo nadinig nagmartsa to show protest against incursion n worst shooting our fishermen at sea in the west. meron pa ba kayo dugo ng pilipino? Yes i am smart not arrogant n stupid. Ano pa gusto mo pagusapan natin, missiles, power plant, SU 27 o 33? Ano gusto mo economic program n foreign policy debate natin? power comes from the barrel of a gun?

      • Anonymous

        Are you a filipino ? Yes you are with a small letter. Incursion, that’s just a report coming   from a lying coastguard element. The venue for that is the DFA. The government can always file a protest. What about the presence of our Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier in your shore? While your constitution declared that the country is supposed to be a nuclear free zone. People like you turn the other way around, and your president, like a toddler who knows nothing about the world, yet, eagerly rushed to visit it and have a good tour inside. Did you say a word about it? What about the presence and interference of foreign troops in your internal affair? Are you reading the inquirer? What a pity? As your name suggest, you are really a king of the lower kingdom, unfit to argue with the Homo Sapiens….However, I’ll give you a chance to debate with me on Poli-Eco issues whenever you are able to state the the poli-eco platform of your current gov’t.

      • Anonymous

        D ka pala pinoy o nagtatago ka lang sa stars and stripe = TNT?

      • Anonymous

        Nonsense! I can understand….

  • Anonymous

    Talking about agent of PRC, Noy Noy is partly Chinese but the reactionary typeKOMINTANG), kind of, belonging to Philippine Oligarchy compose of Landlords and Bureaucrat Capitalist who are the natural agents of the foreign Interest, serving their interest more than the interest of the Filipino and the country as a whole as reflected in his economic program, foreign policy and military posture.



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