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Sen. Angara wants independent PMC

Sen. Angara wants independent PMC

Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara yesterday pushed the passage into law of a bill transforming the Philippine Marine Corps into an independent service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act, RA 7898, was enacted on February 23, 1995, during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos, with a budget of R50 billion for 15 years. Funding was halted in the wake of the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and succeeding administrations neglected the program until it expired in 2010.

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THE dispute that arose over our planned purchase of helicopters from Canada will not affect our ongoing program of modernizing our Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

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Insisting the Philippine Rise is “ours,” President Duterte is putting a stop to the marine research and other exploration activities by foreign groups in the area.

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The Philippine Navy sent a new Beechcraft King C90 aircraft on a Maritime Air Patrol surveillance flight over Panatag Island in the South China Sea west of Zambales last Wednesday. It flew about 800 feet above sea level and saw four Filipino fishing boats and nine Chinese vessels around the island.

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Former Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado yesterday expressed hope that the P18-billion Frigate Acquisition Program of the Philippine Navy would be a success despite the controversies surrounding the project.

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