1 week Lorenzana says 2nd stage of PH military upgrade won’t be completed on time Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine military was likely to fall short of its target to complete the second stage of an upgrade program by the year President Rodrigo Duterte steps down from office, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday (Oct. 12). "At the rate we are going, we can't do it," Lorenzana told senators at a budget hearing, speaking partly in Filipino. He said it could take the Third Horizon of the program to "complete our minimum credible defense." The upgrade program's Horizon 2, with a timetable of 2018 until 2022, was designed to achieve a minimum credible defense capability for ... more