PH plan to buy jets not due to China

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2013 06:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2013 09:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said that the Philippine government’s plan to purchase 12 fighter jets from South Korea is not related to the Philippines’ territorial row with China.

“They are primarily for training, interdiction, disaster response. These planes have camera capabilities to monitor also and to take pictures of disaster areas. So it will be used in a number of ways as mentioned,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“It’s not aimed at any particular country. It is really primarily our obligation to modernize our military hardware and we have already decommissioned our jets.”

Lacierda said modernizing the military has been a priority since the start of the Aquino administration.

“The military (hardware) upgrading is already a priority even before our latest incident with China. So China was not an issue when we decided to upgrade our military hardware,” he said.