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ADAS 2016: Proposed hike in Philippine defence budget

19th September 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Philippine government proposes to increase the budget of both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Their allocations are slated to rise 24.6% and 15% respectively in 2017 compared to last year.

If the 2017 budget is approved by the bicameral legislature later this year, the AFP’s funding will rise to PHP130.6 billion (US$2.8 billion). The figures were published by the Department of Budget and Management (DMB) on 15 August.

However, it is quite possible that this figure might be pruned by the budget ratification process.

The increases are ostensibly due to the

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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