We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot. -- Abraham Lincoln

Monday, June 7, 2010

PROMISE: Upgrade army and increase defense spending

Philippine opposition lawmaker Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino vowed on Thursday to upgrade the army and increase defence spending to 2 percent of GDP if he wins next month's presidential elections.

Aquino also promised to end corruption in military procurement, reviewing for possible irregularities contracts made by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's outgoing administration.

"Every peso stolen from the budget of our security organisations represents a drop of blood of our soldiers, airmen, sailors and police officers who risk their lives in the service of our nation," Aquino said in a speech to diplomats, security officials and foreign journalists.

STATUS: Pending.

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