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PNoy vows to modernize PAF

PNoy vows to modernize PAF . President Benigno Aquino III, along with PAF chief Lt. Gen. Lauro dela Cruz (left) and Col. Domingo Palisoc (right), presents the command plaque and streamer during the 66th anniversary rites of the Philippine Air Force at Clark Air Base, Pampanga on Monday, July 1. Aquino vowed to purchase new aircraft, including attack helicopters, in the next five years to beef up the country’s air force.This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme ‘Makabagong Lakas, Matatag na Bukas.’ Benhur Arcayan

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday expressed support for the plan to give the United States and Japan access to Philippine bases.

Aquino said it is only a “natural circumstance” to allow these countries into Philippine bases “to build a credible alliance” with them.

“Kung hindi tayo makikipag-ugnayan sa kanila, maling paghahanda iyon,” the President said.

He however said that US and Japanese troops will not be “permanent fixtures” in the country’s bases.

The President made these statements amid an ongoing territorial dispute with China over parts of the South China Sea. —KG, GMA News

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