US turns over C-130 aircraft to PH Air Force following Duterte’s VFA remarks

  • The United States turned over one of the two C-130 aircraft that has been acquired by the Philippine National Defense
  • The acquisition was made through a grant from the US, where instead of the actual cost of P2.5 billion, the Philippines will only pay P1.6 billion as the US will shoulder the remaining amount
  • This came after President Rodrigo Duterte earlier asked the US to pay the Philippines for hosting the VFA

The United States has turned over a C-130 aircraft to the Philippines.

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was joined by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, Armed Forces chief-of-staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, and other officials for the acceptance, turnover and blessing ceremony of the C-130 Hercules plane at the Villamor Air Base.

According to Lorenzana, the transport aircraft will help boost the Philippines’ heavy airlift capabilities and will be used in moving troops and cargo during territorial defense and internal security.

“As our country is prone to natural calamities due to its location and topography, it is imperative for the Philippine air force to boost its capability to perform humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations all the time. For these reasons, I am quite sure that this C130-H aircraft will be fully and frequently utilized soonest,” Lorenzana said in his speech at the ceremony.

The transport aircraft was received through a grant from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. It was just one of the two C-130 that the Philippines acquired from the US through a grant from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The total cost was P2.5 billion but the Philippines will only pay P1.6 billion while the rest of the amount will be shouldered by Washington.

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“Indeed, this gesture of generosity and goodwill further cements the time-tested alliance and deep friendship of our two countries,” Lorenzana said.

The gesture came after President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier asked the US to pay for hosting their troops under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The President said that while VFA is a shared responsibility, it doesn’t come for free.