MANILA, Philippines – Magpapasa ng “new set of specifications” at “quantity” ang ahensya para sa multi-role fighter (MRF) program, na ipipresenta kay Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. para aprubahan.
“(On) the MRF, we just set, to be approved by the President, a new set of specs that we need and a new quantity. We deliberated upon it. There are few tweaks,” pahayag ni Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. nitong Martes ng gabi, Oktubre 3, kasabay ng chance interview sa National Day at Armed Forces Day ng Republic of Korea na idinaos sa Taguig City.
Aniya, ang terms of reference (TOR) sa proyekto ay lumabas nitong Lunes.
“It (came) out yesterday (Monday), our TOR for the MRF, and then once it is approved by the President, the TOR will go to Horizon 3 (of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program). There is a new Horizon 3, which we have to present to the President for him to approve,” ani Teodoro.
Sinabi rin niya na nagbigay din ng opinyon sina AFP chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. at DND undersecretaries kaugnay ng specifications at revised Horizon 3.
“We talked about with the Chief of Staff the specifications (earlier). Our undersecretaries put in their two cents’ worth. They will come out with that and the rest of the new Horizon 3 and then we will submit it to the President for approval,” dagdag niya.
Hindi naman nagbigay ng detalye si Teodoro kung ang bagong Horizon 3 ba na ipipresenta nila sa Pangulo ay bahagi ng nagpapatuloy na
“rehorizoning” at “restrategization” efforts para sa AFP Modernization Program.
Nakatakda ang Horizon 3 ng AFP Modernization Program mula 2023 hanggang 2028, habang ang Horizon 2 ay noong 2018 hanggang 2022 at Horizon 1 noong 2013 hanggang 2017. RNT/JGC