After spending 4 days in meetings in Manilla , it is fairly evident that they are trying from the ground up Some tenders are funded but these are for small number boats to around 18m. Internal security in the south is a strong priority.And to date, we have seen no indication that enough funds will be allocated to get anything substantial. Hopefully that will soon change. The problem is the Philippine Armed Forces has been left in such a state of neglect that it has a very, very long shopping list. For the PN, which should come first, additional helicopters, MPAs or OPVs? For the PAF, should they start with getting more basic trainers, LIFTs or ground based radars?
And then you have countries like South Korea that are happy to give a long term loan to build 35 and 55m ships for PCG.