Sunday, September 29, 2013

House to probe procurement of AFP helmets

From ABS-CBN (Sep 29): House to probe procurement of AFP helmets

The House of Representatives will look into the procurement of combat helmets by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The investigation was prompted by a resolution filed by Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III and other members of the minority bloc led by Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora.

Albano yesterday said he drafted the resolution after the father of Army Lt. Francis Damian, one of three young officers killed in action in Zamboanga City, complained to him that his son died when a sniper’s bullet pierced through his helmet.

“Considering the circumstances surrounding the death of Lt. Damian, one cannot help but conclude that the combat helmet used by the valiant soldier was defective and did not conform with standard military specifications,” he said.

“Our soldiers who fight with bravery and dedication deserve our utmost support. Remedial legislation must be taken to improve the fighting capability and protect the welfare of our soldiers,” he said.

The three officers died while leading their men in battling a group of Moro National Liberation Front rebels in Zamboanga City.

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