“It is time we get warships and missiles. It is time we stop whining about natural disasters and doing something about national defense,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. said in a Twitter post.
The Secretary made the statement reacting to a tweet from @bode2140 saying “I just hope the Philippine Navy participate in Rim of the Pacific event with a boat this year as I remember back in 2014 where they only sent 2 personnel without even a Bangka. They should also focus on obtaining medical ships for disaster relief and life saving operations.”
The Philippine Navy sent landing platform dock BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) and then frigate, now offshore patrol vessel BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018. RIMPAC is being held every other year.
Two missile-armed frigates for the Philippine Navy are currently being constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea.
First frigate, the future BRP Jose Rizal is expected to be delivered first quarter of 2020. The second frigate, future BRP Antonio Luna is expected to be delivered in 2021.