Issues on Funding Delays The New AFP Modernization Bill

Funding issue stalls military upgrade bill -(by BusinessWorld http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Nation&title=Funding-issue-stalls-military-upgrade-bill&id=57709)

POSSIBLE DISAGREEMENTS with the Executive on tapping royalties from natural gas operations prompted the bicameral conference committee to suspend deliberations on the military modernization fund bill, a lawmaker said.

“We suspended the conference and agreed to get more input on that particular provision,” Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, Senate panel chairman, said in a text message yesterday.

House Bill No. 6410 proposes “a reasonable amount from the share of the national government in the Malampaya oil and gas exploration and such other similar or related explorations for energy” for the upgrade program.

The Senate did not include such funding source in its version due to opposition from the departments of Energy, and Budget and Management, said Mr. Lacson.

Forcing the issue might prompt President Benigno S. C. Aquino III to veto the bill, he noted.

Mr. Lacson further said during the meeting on Wednesday that the term reasonable amount on the funding requirement is “very vague.”

Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo G. Biazon, head of the House panel, then suggested to replace the term with 35%.

Mr. Lacson said the committee will again meet next week to further deliberate on the priority bill.

The house version proposed a 15-year modernization program, with a ₱75-billion budget for the first five years. Senate Bill No. 3164, on the other hand, has earmarked ₱50 billion for the first five years. The previous Armed Forces modernization program under Republic Act No, 7898 ended in 2010.

Upgrading the military’s capability has been considered an urgent issue given the territorial conflict at the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) which is reported to be rich in oil and gas deposits.

Tensions in particular rose with China in April over the Scarborough Shoal west of Luzon island.

AUTHOR’S ASSESSMENTS:

This issue is simple and full of political shit! Their only problem is a part of the law that says “a reasonable amount from the share of the national government in the Malampaya oil and gas exploration and such other similar or related explorations for energy”.  Senator Lacson and other Executive Department agencies want it to be specific.  What their concern is right, but it should not be a cause of delay.  We need this bill enacted now!

The DND cannot proceed with the acquisition of the T/A-50, Maestrale-class Frigates, MBT and IFV, and other equipments if the bill wont be enacted immediately.  The Chinese are already in our doorsteps.  So lets unite and let our government officials know that we want the AFP Modernization Bill enacted as soon as possible.  We cannot afford delays!

And on my own opinion, the phrase “reasonable amount” stated on the bill is just right.  Cong. Biazon proposed that we allot 35% of Malampaya Gas Project revenue to the AFP Modernization.  I don’t agree with that.  Because if that 35% ceiling became a part of a enacted AFP Modernization Bill, and if  a war broke out, the government will not be able to use all of the Malampaya funds to acquire modern military equipment even it is already an emergency.  Because it will be technically unlawful since it only stated on the Bill that only 35% will be used for the AFP Modernization.  The Senate even proposed that instead of P75 Billion for the first five years of the Modernization, it should only be P50 Billion.  I say, what the heck?!  That is only gonna be enough to buy the main equipments that we need.  How about the minor but important things as well?  Like upgrading the bases and facilities?  For example, we bought the T/A-50, but in 10 years it will be irreparable instead of 15-20 years because the outdated facilities (e.g. Hangars and Ground Crew) cannot accommodate and maintain the requirements of a Modern Aircraft.  But that’s just me.  If you think what our politicians are right, I will respect that.

But just to conclude this, lets support this bill and tell our Bicameral Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) to stop the bureaucracy horse-shit enact this bill as soon as possible!

“The military is not the Armed Forces of the Government, it is YOUR Armed Forces.  Support them, Trust them, and Love them.” -the Author

(Sorry for the words.  I am just pissed on what they were doing.)

  1. #1 by danyuri on August 31, 2012 - 11:15 PM

    politicians, inuuna pa sariling kupit kesa kapakanan ng bansa its time to modernize so that we can also earn respect to international community. wake up greedy politicians be content on what you have.

    • #2 by romaragregado on August 31, 2012 - 11:27 PM

      Yeah. But also give some commendation to the current administration. You cannot deny that they have a great job especially in the Military. 4 Presidents have passed but no one ever reached this far in terms of the Defense Acquisition.

  2. #3 by Richard galves on August 31, 2012 - 11:28 PM

    Everybody wants to be somebody so they always try to put their noses to where the good smell is to cover their shit let the govt use what they need tama na ang pagpapapel nyo gusto nyo lang gumawa ng ingay para d kayo makalimutan ng tao sa susinod na eleksyon bat d kayo gumawa ng tama para sa bayan para maalala kayo sa kanutihan nyong ginawa hindi na maalala kayo sa kabubuhan nyo

    • #4 by romaragregado on August 31, 2012 - 11:38 PM

      That’s right sir. But let just clarify this. We are confused, to whom do you want to point this comment?

  3. #5 by vic on September 1, 2012 - 4:47 AM

    The Senate even proposed that instead of P75 Billion for the first five years of the Modernization, it should only be P50 Billion?….Senate Bill No. 3164, on the other hand, has earmarked ₱50 billion for the first five years. The previous Armed Forces modernization program under Republic Act No, 7898 ended in 2010? parang asot pusa ang mga to nakaka disappoint itong mga politiko…minsan maka pag isip ka rin na tama ang ginawa ni marcos na walang congress at senado

  4. #6 by Riz on September 1, 2012 - 8:54 AM

    these pulitikos are on the works again to hinder what is good in the country. what is wrong with “reasonable amount” since in the first place this is for the country not to individuals or particular sector of the society. For GOD and COUNTRY SAKE, let the bill pass and stop this techical thing issues. Oh My God, I really hate our PULITIKOS running our country, they are full of sh*ts!!!
    They are really the cause of our COUNTRY’S DOWNFALL!!! God Save The Country from these PEOPLE!!!

  5. #7 by Romeo Alpha Bravo on September 1, 2012 - 11:11 AM

    This politicians have their own agendas…they know that it’s a high price to pay for modernization,but they cannot gain profit from this.they know nothing about military needs in order to have better warfighting capabilities to protect our nation from insurgents,extremist,separatists and aggressors…someday if war broke out they will(and the whole Filipino people )will realize that it’s to late to respond.So, i said to this corrupt politicians,quit yer bitchin!

  6. #8 by mike on September 1, 2012 - 6:34 PM

    Wala tayong magagawa politika yan eh, unless this politicians think and act like real patriots do well wala sana magiging problema kaya lang dito nakasalalay ang budget para sa pagtatanggol sa bayan tsek tesk tsek…..nakakapanghinayang

  7. #9 by albert decapia on September 1, 2012 - 8:33 PM

    this formalities with a political agenda.. is full of shit… come on.. we need this… finding a hole wont do good..

  8. #10 by problematic dad on September 2, 2012 - 3:37 AM

    these senators are full of crap. china is already in our backyard, we cannot wait for 15 years! in 15 years, theyll claim palawan or the whole country itself! Dapat sa inyo i-firing squad!

  9. #11 by james balboa on September 2, 2012 - 8:14 AM

    antagal ng pinagaralan at inevaluate yang mga dapat sanang bibilhin ng dnd para sa afp, tapos idedelay lang pala nila??? alam naman nila na klangan na talaga mamodernize ang afp mga walang utak ng senador! puro kc kapakanan nila ang iniisip!

  10. #12 by gab on September 2, 2012 - 2:49 PM

    ngaun alam ko na kung cnu ang mga hndi dapat iboto sa susunod na election..!!

    • #13 by Ric on September 2, 2012 - 5:49 PM

      Malapit na kasi ang Election baka maubusan sila ng pag kukunan, Ok lang na ibitigahn kung ang dapat, pero dapat din siguro unahin ang siguridad sovereignty ng Filipino o Bansa , bago ang sobre ng para sa bulsa

  11. #14 by Myk on September 2, 2012 - 9:47 PM

    Here we ago again…..Man! We need those! It’s been overdue for ages! Don’t do this to us–Filipinos! China’s practically in our backyard, and we need a ‘credible defense’! What’s up with you senators?! Shees! How long do you plan to make a mockery of our Armed Forces?! Please! Think of our country first! You are making my blood boil!

  12. #15 by mike on September 5, 2012 - 10:49 AM

    hindi na nga sapat yung 75B para sa modernization iniipit pa nila dapat nga doble kasi 5 yrs yan masyadong matagal, kayang bakuran ng China ang buong spratlys sa loob lamang ng ilang linggo tapos tayo taon ang pinag-uusapan natin maka-establish lang ng minimum credible defense kung tutuosin nga hindi yan minimum eh imagine LIFT ang ilalaban mo sa mga multirole fighter jets at anti air ng China, kulang ba sila sa intelligence gathering anak ng patola namn

  13. #16 by lando on December 10, 2012 - 7:34 PM

    kailan pa kaya matuwid ang isip nating mga pinoy…..kulang pa nga yong 75B, paliitin pa sa 50B.anong klasing modernization ba yun ? ang china gumasto na ng $100B sa kanilang military . ano ba ang pwede mabili nyan ,pana o kayay tirador ? Hay……mga politiko mag resign kayong lahat………

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