MANILA - The Philippines will name two new missile-armed frigates after patriots Antonio Luna and Jose Rizal, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.
The 2 frigates, under construction by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, are expected to be delivered by 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Lorenzana said the names were "fitting" as Luna and Rizal are considered to be two of the country's top patriots.
Rizal is considered as the Philippines' national hero for his brave literary work against abuses committed by Spanish colonial authorities during their occupation of the Philippines.
Luna, on the other hand, is known for his staunch resistance against the Americans during the Philippine-American War.
The keel-laying for the first missile-armed frigate took place last Oct. 16 in Ulsan, South Korea, while steel-cutting for the second ship took place on Sept. 17.
The Philippines and Hyundai signed a P16-billion contract for the construction of the frigates, while another P2 billion was set aside for its weapons system and munition.