The Department of National Defense clarifies that it did not realign the PhP6.5 billion budget for the shore-based missile system (SBMS) project. “The SBMS project is merely a proposal at this time, and as such, there is no ‘realignment’ but rather a re-prioritization of the said project in favor of the urgent need of our PA (Philippine Army) troops for individual force protection equipment,” DND Public Affairs Office Chief Arsenio Andolong said.
The SBMS acquisition project will be pursued in the next horizon of Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization (2018 to 2022).
Andolong said the re-prioritization was a collective decision by Defense senior leaders, which was submitted to the President after going through the required processes in the Defense System of Management (DSOM), which took into consideration the dynamics of the country’s ever developing security environment.
“We reiterate that Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin will never be a party to nor condone graft and corruption in the AFP Modernization Program as insinuated in the report,” Andolong said.