Why the Philippine Army Is #6 Worst in the World

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As nations arm themselves for the potential conflict that may arise from the South China Sea, Philippine Army Ranks #6 Worst  in the World. Among those who made the list of worst armies in the world are as follows: (1) Costa Rica; (2) Iraq; (3) North Korea; (4) Eritrea; (5) Nigeria; (6) Philippines; (7) Tajikistan; (8) Mongolia; (9) Saudi Arabia; and (10) Afghanistan.

According to the “We Are The Mighty” website, an “entertainment and lifestyle brand for and by the military community,” the Philippine Army lags behind because of the country’s “Naval and Air Forces are still nearly 60 years old and its ships are old U.S. Coast Guard cutters.”

“The Philippines’ Naval and Air Forces are still nearly 60 years old and its ships are old U.S. Coast Guard cutters.”

Despite the Philippine Government’s response to the “We Are The Mighty” article, the “big-ticket items [that] are being acquired by the government for the military” does not address the issue. It’s a deflection that completely avoids the topic. Surely, the Philippine Government can’t expect its citizens to buy this argument. It is like a drop of water justifying itself to a great ocean. The sheer number of military relics in operation greatly outnumber the upgrades.

“Surely, the Philippine Government can’t expect its citizens to buy that argument. It is like a drop of water justifying itself to a great ocean. The sheer number of military relics in operation greatly outnumber the expected upgrades.”

Unfortunately, the Philippine Army will still make it to the “10 Worst Armies in the World” list unless drastic changes are implemented. Deflections and avoidance will not take the Philippines off the worst army list. The truth is, the Philippines has dropped the ball with its military spending. But is this the only reason why the country remains one of the weakest in Asia?

Why the Philippines Ranks #6 Worst Army in the World:

1. Military Budget:

From data mined from the Philippines’ Department of Budget and Management,4 the country on average allots 4%-5% of its annual budget for defense. When this data is laid down in a timeline for correlation, despite the increased activity of China in the South China Sea, it appears that government appropriation for the armed forces has remained almost the same in the last 10 years.

Picture: South China Sea Dispute Timeline VS Philippine Government Budget

This is a comparative Analysis of the Philippine Defense Budget (GAA) versus the activities of China in the South China Sea. See how it matches up. -South China Sea News Today

On closer inspection, while the Army (land forces) gets a very big chunk (about 43%) from the total defense budget , the Airforce and Navy, despite being the first line of defense in the South China Sea, get only 14% and 15% from the defense budget respectively. There is a clear disparity between what is being done from what ought to be done.

“The Airforce and Navy, despite being the first line of defense in the South China Sea, get only 14% and 15% from the defense budget respectively.”

Philippine Budget Trends in the last ten years

“There is a clear disparity between what is being done from what ought to be done.”

Another information that can be gathered from the data mined from the General Appropriations Act (Act) for the last ten years is that the Government Arsenal only gets less than 1% of the total defense budget. The Government Arsenal is mandated to design, manufacture, produce, stockpile, allocate and repair small firearms, weapons, ammunition and other munitions for the use of the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP), and for the sale and export of products in excess of AFP/PNP requirements.

“Government Arsenal only gets less than 1% of the total defense budget.”

From the information acquired from the Philippine government’s websites, it is clear how the country makes it to the world’s worst list. The country is left behind thus its neighbors are taking advantage.

This is the first of a series of write-ups trying to understand how the Philippines is left defenseless in the face of a clear and imminent altercation in the South China Sea. This is not to put blame or to shame. The objective of this article and the next ones is not to put the country down. On the contrary, the aim is to wake up the Philippines from years of slumber.

“There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

Watch out for more in the coming days.

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Sources:


  1. The 10 worst armies in the world – http://www.wearethemighty.com/lists/worst-armies
  2. Palace shrugs off report ranking AFP as ‘world’s 6th worst army’ – http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/733675/palace-shrugs-off-report-ranking-afp-as-worlds-6th-worst-army#ixzz3pHnsLCcJ
  3. Asian-Pacific Countries Ranked by Military Power (2015) – http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing-asia-pacific.asp
  4. Department of National Defense, General Appropriations Act:
    1. FY2007 – Government ArsenalPhilippine Army (Land Forces)Philippine Air Force (Air Force)Philippine Navy (Naval Forces)General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    2. FY2008 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    3. FY2009 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    4. FY2010 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    5. FY2011 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    6. FY2012 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    7. FY2013 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    8. FY2014 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)
    9. FY2015 – Government Arsenal, Philippine Army (Land Forces), Philippine Air Force (Air Force), Philippine Navy (Naval Forces), General Headquarters, AFP and AFP Wide Service Support Units (AFPMSSUS)

About the Author

Amang Laya
Amang Laya
Amang Laya is the South China Sea News Today's contributor-at-large. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines. He spends his days monitoring the latest news and views on the South China Sea Dispute.

1 Comment on "Why the Philippine Army Is #6 Worst in the World"

  1. Philippine is a shity country.Their government sucks Americans’ dick.We Chinese WILL NOT START THE WAR,but,if America wants to invade us OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAN BLOW WASHINGTON DC INTO SHIT!

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