Sen. Imee R. Marcos has expressed dismay over the failure of the Department of National Defense to buy C-130 planes that are badly needed for human assistance and disaster relief operations.
Marcos, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, learned that the Philippine Air Force has only one C-130 in operation.
This lack of flying workhorses surfaced in the hearing of the DND’s proposed P215-billion budget for 2021 Friday.
The DND budget was defended by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, Senate Committee on Finance vice chairman and chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security.
Through Lacson, the DND said that one of the four C-130s is being rehabilitated and is scheduled to be completed this December.
Two other C-130s are in Portugal. One of them is undergoing maintenance while the other is scheduled to return to the country soon.
C-130s are also being used for troop movements and supplies, including equipment.