Former security adviser and now Congressman Roilo Golez has announced that the South China Sea situation is about to reach “tipping point” or boiling point. ” The DND should take urgent action on modernizing our navy.”

Golez said that “They should accelerate the AFP Modernization Program immediately”.

He said that “the acquisition of 2 brand new frigate (P18 billion pesos) from South Korea should scrap and instead go back to the original plan to buy 2 good second hand Maestrale missile frigates from Italy at P16 billion pesos for immediate delivery.”

THE DND SHOULD TAKE URGENT ACTION ON MODERNIZING OUR NAVY: Now that the DND has announced that the South China Sea...

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“Deal is a government to government so no possible hanky-panky or kickbacks, which some quarters suspect when the DND decided to order brand new from private shipbuilders in spite of the long construction period when the need is urgent.” he said.

“The Maestrale’s weapons are world class and suited for the defense of the West Philippine Sea” Golez added.

See also this:

Navy Admiral: “Two Brand New Frigate for the Philippine Navy on its way.”

Possible modern warships we can acquire in the next few years

Maestrale class (Italy) 2 Second hand units = P16 Billion Pesos

Type: Frigate
Builders: Fincantieri
Operators: Marina Militare Italy
In service: 1982
In commission: 1981
General characteristics
Displacement: 3100 tons
Length: 122.7 m (403 ft)
Beam: 12.9 m (42 ft)
Draught: 4.2 m (14 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × GE/Avio General Electric LM2500 gas turbines
2 × D Grandi Motori Trieste BL-230-20-DVM diesels 2 × 5-blade propellers
Speed: 33 kn (61 km/h; 38 mph) (21 kn (39 km/h; 24 mph) on diesel)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 24 officers, 201 sailors
Sensors and processing systems:
1 × RAN-10S/SPS-774 surface and air surveillance radar
1 × SMA SPS-702 surface search radar
1 × SMN SPS-703 navigation radar
1 × SPG-75 fire control radar
2 × SPG-74 fire control radar
Electronic warfare and decoys:
2 × SLQ-D jammers
1 × ARBG-1A Saigon radio interceptor
2 × 20-round SCLAR decoy RL
1 × SLQ-25 Nixie towed acoustic torpedo system
1 × SLR-4 Newton intercept
Prairie/Masker air-bubbler noise-suppression system
Armament: 4 × TESEO Mk-2 anti-ship missiles launchers
1 × octuple Aspide SAM launchers
1 × Otobreda 127 mm gun
2 × Oto Melara Twin 40L70 DARDO CIWS
2 × 533 mm torpedo tubes, 2 × 324 mm triple torpedo tubes
Aircraft carried: 2 AB-212 helicopters


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By: Jason E.