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July 31, 2015, Friday
  • Passenger’s disruptive behavior in Cebupac plane from Dubai forced the crew to make an emergency landing in India. 4 hours ago |
  • Crew of PH-bound Cebu Pacific plane made a Filipino passenger alight from the aircraft after causing commotion & bomb scare. 4 hours ago |
  • Enrile attends Sandiganbayan hearing on pork barrel scam. 4 hours ago |
  • DFA to file third diplomatic protest against Canada over trash. 4 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 3.4 quake jolts Sultan Kudarat. 4 hours ago |
  • DPWH to conduct road reblocking in parts of Quezon City & Pasig at 10 pm Friday. 4 hours ago |
  • UNA admits Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas has weight. 4 hours ago |
  • Binay visits communities in Cavite. 4 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas had been dilly-dallying on his presidential candidacy prior to Aquino’s endorsement. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe hopes the 2016 election campaign will be about discussions on reforms. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe congratulates Mar Roxas for getting Pres. Aquino’s endorsement. 4 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe thanks Pres. Aquino for considering her as among those who can continue his administration’s programs. 4 hours ago |
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 9 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 9 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 9 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 9 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 9 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 9 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 10 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 10 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 10 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 10 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 10 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 10 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 10 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 10 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 10 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 11 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 11 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 11 hours ago |

Jets, helicopters to boost Air Force

By Joyce Pangco Panares | Jul. 02, 2014 at 12:01am

President Benigno Aquino III says  the government remains on track in acquiring modern military hardware to beef up the capability of the Philippine Air Force.

Aquino, during the PAF’s 67th anniversary on Tuesday, said the country will receive the first two of 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets from South Korea. He said the government expects the full delivery of the 12 fighter jets by 2017.

He said the government is targeting to acquire eight combat utility helicopters, two long range patrol aircraft, six close air support aircraft, radar systems and other equipment for the PAF next year.

This year, he said, the government expects the arrival of the remaining 17 UHI helicopters.

He said the PAF has already three C-130, 18 basic training aircraft, eight Sokor combat utility helicopters, 20 upgraded MD-520 MG helicopters and four UH1 helicopters.

By next year, he also said the Philippines will finally get two of the 12 new FA-50 fighter jets acquired from South Korea.

The President said the delivery of the remaining fighter jets will be completed by 2017.

The President thanked the Air Force for its swift response during times of calamities such as the Zamboanga siege and super typhoon Yolanda last year.

“This is what we are celebrating today: professionalism, bravery, and stability in serving the country,” he said.

“These are the principles that we recognize in every unit, pilot, and personnel of the Philippine Air Force,” the President said.

The President also said that other initiatives for the PAF include the enhancement of the airforce pilot’s skills, the expansion of the airlift capabilities and the putting up of additional fix wings and rotary axis.

Likewise, the President cited the leadership of the military officials and the support of the other men and women uniform for the modernization of the PAF.

With the theme of “Soaring High for Peace, Freedom and Development, the event was highlighted with the conferment of awards to outstanding military and civilian personnel and units that contributed to the overall accomplishments of the command.

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