Senate approves in final reading measure seen to expedite AFP modernization

The Senate approved today in third and final reading Senate Bill No. 2269 seen to expedite purchase of military weapons and equipment needed for Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization. “The highly tedious, circuitous and complicated procurement process of the AFP thwarts the full implementation of the law,” said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, author of the said bill.

If signed into law, Section 4(b) of Republic Act No. 7898 known as AFP Modernization Act amended by Republic Act No. 10349 known as Revised AFP Modernization Program will be relaxed.

A portion of RA7898 Section 4(b) says that “no major equipment and weapons system shall be purchased if the same are not being used by the armed forces OF [in] the country of origin or used by the armed forces of [at least two countries] ANOTHER COUNTRY.”

Trillanes said the passage of SBN2269 into law would amend the provision by allowing major equipment or weapons system to be purchased as long as the same are being used by the armed forces in the country of origin or used by the armed forces of at least one country.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the relaxing measure is part of Senate’s efforts to improve the capabilities of the nation’s armed forces “by ensuring the speedy and efficient provision of military equipment and supplies so urgently needed by our fighting men and women.”