EVER since the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards, the Philippine-American War, World War II, up to the Communist and Secessionist Insurgents. We always had one problem that leads to our defeat… the Lack of Weapons and Ammunition.
If you could just remember, this is one of the reasons why the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards took so long. Even though there are only a few numbers of Spanish Military compared to the Male Population of the Philippines. Just because of lack of weapons, the revolution took so long. Andres and his men are always remembered holding a Jungle Bolo instead of a Rifle. For some, this is kinda heroic because you are fighting soldiers with guns by just using a Jungle Bolo. But for me, that is stupidity. If they had just listened to Jose Rizal that the Filipinos were not yet ready to revolt against the Spaniards, the Katipunan would not have suffered many loss. But that was the past, we should move on. The Filipinos are still in the Learning Curve process by this time.
Then the Philippines declared Independence dated June 12, 1898 after kicking out the Spaniards. But another race became interested in our lands. The Americans. I don’t know what their real reason when they first came to the Philippines (because Magellan, aside from Circumnavigating the Globe is also looking for a place where he could get Herbs), but some said that they want to help us to be able to stand on our own and also for other European countries not to invade us since the Spaniards already left the country. The war was started because of many reasons, one is General Otis’s actions and attitude, and the 4 Armed Filipinos who went to San Juan Bridge and cocked their guns after being told by the Americans to halt, and other stupid reasons. But one thing is for sure, there is only one reason why we lose, we still lack weapons to match the Americans.
And…. the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. This is not actually a war between the Japanese and the Filipinos technically, we were just involved because we are under the Americans. The last battle that the Americans and the Filipinos did, was the Battle of Corregidor. And I think you know what was the reason why the Americans and the Filipinos lose this part of war in the Pacific Theater… again Lack of Weapons and Ammo.
In the present day, we have a stable government that has funds (our budget for 2013 will be P2.3 Trillion), our economy is one of the fastest growing economy in Asia only 2nd to China, and we now officially have a Military. The Military has one primary mission, defend the country from external forces. So this means that internal issues should just be a piece of cake, but we have been battling the insurgents since the end of World War II.
But that is not the problem now, we got a BIGGER problem. The Chinese are now engaging us in a territorial spat. China has the LARGEST military in the world in terms of Active Personnel, and they have the 2nd largest defense budget in the whole world. The 150,000 strong Armed Forces of the Philippines is helpless and frustrated because they cannot perform their mandate because of the problem that we have since the Spanish-era, the lack of weapons. What is worst? We lack MODERN weapons that can at least, counter the threats imposed to us by the Chinese. Many Presidents have come and go, but the Military is still using their worn out assets. Our Navy Destroyer-Escort, the BRP (Barko/Bapor ng Republika ng Pilipinas) Rajah Humabon PF-11 frigate was even used by the the U.S. in their campaign in Normandy during the World War II. That is how our military sucked.
But this is now being worked out by our current administration led by President Benigno S. Aquino III. At first, we acquired the former US Coast Guard Hamilton-class Cutter the USCGC Hamilton and USCGC Dallas which in turn became the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz respectively. But we cannot use this to deter China and stop them from poaching into our waters since the Chinese fishermen are always accompanied by Chinese FLEC ships and sometimes Chinese Missile-armed Frigates, which makes our new Navy Warships… useless. Because our new warships only has one main weapon, its 76mm Oto Melara Naval Gun. These Hamilton-class cutters are no match to the Missile-armed warships of the Chinese. But wait, we are not yet done, because there is more! Our Department of National Defense is now in talks with the Italian Government regarding our purchase of the Maestrale-class Missile Armed Frigates. Along with the Hamilton-class cutters, these frigates can patrol our waters with confidence. Since they can deter any incoming missile, and they can retaliate once attacked by anyone. And they will not only rely on their Naval Gun because they can fire Missiles that can blow anything on the face of the earth.
There is so much to tell. We now have ordered Lead-in Fighter Trainers for our Air Force that has the ability to intercept Aircrafts that are intruding our airspace, the DND is also canvassing for Main Battle Tanks for the Army, and the media has just reported that there is now an open bidding for Guns that will be given to our Marines. But I will be giving the details on my next post.
What I want my readers to have in mind right now, is to literally support our Military. They need us. Lets not make the same mistakes over and over again. We lost too many soldiers since the Spanish-era up to now, only because they cannot protect themselves because they do not have a weapon or their helicopters are crashing because it is a flying coffin. Our government cannot allocate a budget into the Military without the proper consent and support of the people. If we will keep on hating our Military, they will never be able to perform their mandate, which is to PROTECT US. So lets help them in performing their mandate because it is for our own security and welfare, its and investment. Lets not listen to those militant scumbags like the ones in the Congress right now. That are always trying to prevent any modernization plans of the Government for our Military.
Remember, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is not the Government’s Military. It is YOUR Military. Support them, Trust them, and Love them.