Palace says FF-150’s arrival testament to President Duterte’s commitment to AFP modernization

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Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said in a statement released May 24 that the arrival of Philippine Navy’s future BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150) is a testament to President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization.

The future FF-150 completed her maiden voyage from South Korea and arrived in Subic, Zambales on May 23.

“We are pleased to announce the historic arrival to the Philippines of BRP Jose Rizal, our country’s first-ever guided-missile frigate,” Roque said.

“The arrival of the country’s most advanced warship, delivered during this Administration, is a testament to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s commitment to modernize our armed forces. This forms part of the national leadership’s initiative to enhance the country’s defense capabilities to secure our seas against current threats,” he added.

“We consider this a breakthrough in the Philippine Navy’s transformation journey in our goal of building a strong and credible maritime force,” Secretary Roque said.