The modernization of our Armed Forces

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Philippine Star

Test of Will: Next time the Chinese water cannon our ships, we must respond immediately in kind. Our map will tell us that since we are an archipelago, our defense priority requirement is a Navy. Since the end of World War II, our Navy was primarily composed of old US naval vessels, which were inadequate. I was in one of them commanded by the late Ramon Alcaraz on patrol in the South and the old boat was outraced by the Moro kumpits with twin outboard engines. As an archipelago, we have a venerable maritime tradition. Way back before the Portuguese and the Spaniards came, the boats made by anc…

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