Category Archives: Procurement Summaries

Military Equipment Acquisitions under the Duterte Administration

(Revised May 17, 2020. See bottom of the page for the complete revision history)

The Philippine Navy's new Frigate. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The Philippine Navy’s new Frigate. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

It is now time to start a new running blog of the acquisition of weapons and equipment for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte started signing contracts for them. This will be a continuation of my other blog about similar acquisitions by President Benigno Aquino Jr. or PNoy.1

’Blog Rules’
I will be following the same “House Rules” or “Blog Rules” from my previous blog about PNoy’s acquisitions, which is first is that I want the news to be confirmed by a MAJOR news organization or a reputable website before I consider it. “Major” meaning a registered news organization like “GMA7”, for example, or “ABS-CBN”, etc. Or websites like the “Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines”, etc.
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Military Equipment Acquisitions Under the PNoy Administration

(Revised October 28, 2016. See bottom of the page for the complete revision history)

Remington R4 Rifle markings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Remington R4 Rifle markings of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

It just occurred to me one day that we are in a unique position to DOCUMENT all of the important military purchases and donations under this Administration, hence the idea behind this blog. Besides, I am not optimistic that the next Administration will acquire as much for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), so might as well just enjoy what we have now.

’Blog Rules’
Just some “House Rules” or “Blog Rules” about the acquisitions I will be listing below, first is that I want the news to be confirmed by a MAJOR news organization or a reputable website before I consider it. “Major” meaning a registered news organization like “GMA7”, for example, or “ABS-CBN”, etc. Or websites like the “Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines”, etc.
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Philippine Arms Procurement Summary (1950-2014)

Benigno Aquino Jr., the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines
Benigno Aquino Jr., the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines

All these military equipment bought thus far or are planning to be bought by President Benigno Aquino Jr. got me into thinking as to how his Administration compares with the other past Presidents of the Philippines in terms of military arms procurement, and it just so happens that an excellent tool to do the comparison is available in the form of the Arms Procurement Database of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).1

‘SIPRI Database’
SIPRI describes itself as “… an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.” This to me means that they are gathering these data in order to find ways to be able to push thru their agenda for arms control and disarmament. That’s not exactly very promising if you don’t favor total arms control or total disarmament, but nevertheless their database is the best available out there right now if you want to research about arms transfers per country. You won’t be able to find a database as comprehensive as what they have now that is available or open to the public.
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