Thanks to the persistent efforts of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Loren Legarda, the PAF got an MRF Budget of P10 Billion (or about $210 Million) for 2016.
The Million-Dollar Question now is: Which MRF should the PAF buy with this money?
a. the F-16 Fighting Falcon?
b. the JAS-39 Gripen?
c. or the F-35 Lightning II?
Unfortunately, both the F-16 and the JAS-39 will be soon made obsolete by Communist China's J-20.
So I say, let's go for the F-35.
I know, I know, we only have $210 Million.
But if we seriously plead our case to the White House and Capitol Hill, Uncle Sam might consider selling us two (2) F-35s with our miniscule budget.
I know, I know, two (2) F-35s do not make an Air Force.
But its symbolism is tremendous.
It will express in no uncertain terms Uncle Sam's extreme displeasure with Communist China's fake air bases in the WPS, as well as Uncle Sam's willingness to do whatever is necessary to neutralize this Geopolitical Threat.
And in the process, the PAF will have the best air superiority capability in SE Asia.