The two frigates, once completed, will serve as the proud symbol of the intrepid Filipino seafarers, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said.
“Aside from their impressive offensive and defensive capabilities, they will serve as a shining symbol of our people, who come from a proud race of seafarers, and highlight our ability to defend our seas and territories. They will also serve as a manifestation of our country’s march toward real independence and self-determination,” Lorenzana said during the Senate hearing on the Frigate Acquisition Project (FAP) early this week.
The two ships, contracted by Hyundai Heavy Industries, will be armed with weapons capable of neutralizing air, surface and sub-surface threats. They are worth PHP18 billion, including all the weapon systems and munitions.
The defense chief added that the acquisition of these ships will help the Philippines achieve security, stability and peace.
The FAP, he said, highlights the true build up of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Earlier, Lorenzana also cleared Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go of any allegations in attempting to influence or intervene in the FAP.
“That at no instance did the Office of the President and/or Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, or anyone from the Presidential Management Staff, or anyone outside the defense (establishment), attempted to influence the Frigate Acquisition Project,” he added. PNA