President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the submarine program of Philippine Navy, Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Director Arsenio Andolong said.
“Well, the proposed submarine program at least was given a go by the president. The Philippine Navy has begun studying its doctrines and planning its procurement,” Andolong said as quoted by Manila Bulletin.
He noted that the approval of the President is significant because it shows political will.
“He wants to push our Armed Forces to the forefront, as equal with our neighbors,” he said.
“The President likes the idea of us procuring our own submarines. Sakanya, kapag inaprubahan niya kami nahahanap ng paraan kung paano ito gagawin,” he said. “Ngayon hindi sure, malamang hindi pa siya ma [complete] sa termino ni President Duterte. But at least the Navy has begun studies of it kasi inaprubahan niya ang wish list. Pero pag-uusapan pa kung papaano popondohan, saan kukuha, at anong klase.”
Sources: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/30/duterte-okays-afps-submarine-program/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1043069