expansion and aggression in the area by requesting additional military equipment from the United States and South Korea. I know that they have recently received Naval equipment from the US and have secured fighter planes from South Korea. Their military has traditionally been underfunded which leaves them very much dependent on US assistance.
They have seen the increased aggression of the Chinese military in seeking to acquire land and natural resources in the area and recognize the expansionism for what it is and the potential problems that it presents.
I do believe that future conflict in the South China Sea is more than imminent because the Chinese are in desperate need of the natural resources there.
The jets are FA-50’s which are trainers which have been converted to fighter jets. They are supersonic which is an improvement to their arsenal of subsonic aircraft. They have had supersonic aircraft in the past but the F-5 was decommissioned in 2005.
Territorial disputes with China have escalated recently. The Chinese seized a disputed piece of land in 2012 which probably served as a major eye opener to the Philippines. This pushed them to scramble to acquire new navy ships and air force planes.
These fighters are not the only pieces of military hardware that the Philippines have decided to acquire. They have freed up about $936,000,000 worth of military equipment to include two frigates, anti-submarine helicopters and amphibious assault vehicles for the navy, and long-range patrol aircraft, munitions for the FA-50s and surveillance radar for the Air Force.