More planes for Philippines armed forces

Manila – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) plans to acquire two additional C-130 planes to improve its capability in emergency and disaster relief efforts.

AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said the Air Force currently has three C-130 aircraft used in transporting relief goods for Typhoon Haiyan victims and equipment for government troops involved in ongoing rehabilitation efforts.

“The Philippine Air Force should ideally have at least nine C-130s,” he said.

Bautista did not specify how much the government would spend on procuring the two C-130 planes.

The AFP is also acquiring two strategic sealift vessels for the Philippine Navy to transport supplies for soldiers and civilians affected by natural calamities. –