What Does the New Philippines Defense Budget Say About Future Military Modernization Under Duterte?

What Does the New Philippines Defense Budget Say About Future Military Modernization Under Duterte?

Last week, numbers were disclosed for the Philippines’ initial defense budget. While these numbers are still preliminary, they nonetheless warrant analysis to get a sense of what they say and do not say about the Southeast Asian state’s defense outlook for 2020 and beyond under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. As I have noted before in these pages, though the Philippine military has long faced a range of internal and external…