Chief of Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said that among the approved projects under the Horizon 2 of Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program are the acquisition of corvettes and offshore patrol vessels.
“‘Yung na-approve sa second horizon is we are going to procure two corvettes and 6 offshore patrol vessels,” Empedrad said over DWDD on June 13.
“So lots of ships capabilities na iaacquire natin, pero more importantly gusto sana namin makuha ‘yung submarines because it’s strategic deterrence to other navies in world,” he noted.
“Kasi kung alam nilang may submarines ka they will start to respect the Philippine Navy,” he explained.
Empedrad also said that the Navy is programmed to have a total of 6 frigates. Two frigates are currently being built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries.
President Rodrigo Duterte said during the 120th anniversary celebration of Philippine Navy at Coconut Palace, CCP Complex, Manila that the government is working on implementing the Horizon 2 of AFP modernization which encompasses a number of projects for the Philippine Navy amounting to PHP77 billion.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/dwdd1134/videos/2162869070624244/; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180522-Speech_of_President_Rodrigo_Roa_Duterte_during_the_120th_Philippine_Navy_Anniversary.pdf