Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said during today’s Mindanao Hour Press Briefing that the pulling out of FA-50PH jets from Marawi City operations will not greatly affect offensives of military forces.
“Hindi naman [malaking kawalan] kasi may iba pa ring mga eroplano na pwedeng gamitin na available sa ating mga ground commanders,” Brigadier Restituto Padilla said.
He said pulling out of the said type of aircraft from battle field is a protocol after a friendly fire incident killing 2 soldiers on July 12.
“Ang protocol po kasi sa Air Force kung sakaling merong aksidente ang isang partikular na eroplano o ano mang klaseng insidente na related, hindi mo po muna gagamitin ‘yan hangga’t hindi po natutukoy kung ano talaga ‘yung puno’t dulo ng pangyayari,” Padilla explained.
Meanwhile, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the military is now recalibrating its combat doctrines to meet urban warfare threat.
“The AFP is now reviewing and recalibrating its existing doctrines in order for the troops to adapt and respond to this evolving type of war,” Secretary Lorenzana said.