The Armed Forces of the Philippines (Filipino: Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas) is the official military of the Philippines. It is composed of the following branches: Army, Air Force and Navy.
It is currently engaging the infected throughout the Philippines, mostly using its newly-acquired military hardware from Indonesia, Italy, and South Korea. However, with the fall of Manila and the government's relocation to Baguio, most military units are scattered throughout the islands and are acting on their own. There have been no cases of rebellion or mutiny seen yet.
AFP during the Zombie Fish Worm Outbreak
When the first cases of infected were reported in the Philippines, the PNP and the military were deployed to quell riots and neutralize the infected. Orders were given to shoot the infected in the head as possible. This was given from the report by the Philippine Embassy located in Washington, D.C. who noted that the infected seem to go down faster with head shots. Initially, troops and police officers executed the infected easily, but the numbers were growing. Eventually, the cases of infected were growing in the hospitals. The infected were now pouring in the streets of Manila and were spreading to other provinces. The Philippine Army deployed APCs to battle the infected whilst the Philippine Air Force deployed the AW109 gunships in support. This only delayed the inevitable due to the population density of Metro Manila. There were also minor sporadic cases reported in Cebu, Tacloban, and Zamboanga. At this point, the country was in panic mode, with citizens panic buying in the grocery stores, camping stores, and gun stores. There were mass evacuations to the countryside. With Manila overrun a month after the outbreak, the Philippine government relocated to Baguio City in Benguet Province. This included the AFP's retreat into the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) within the city. The city was ideal since it was located far from the coastline and roads could easily be blocked from the infected. While in the PMA Headquarters, orders were sent out to any remaining military unit in Luzon to withdraw to Baguio. However, since it was impractical for other units to go to Baguio City, the AFP relayed the commands to local commanders to relocate to a safe place such as an island or a mountain, or to hold-on to supply depots and outposts not yet touched by the infected.
The Philippine Air Force meanwhile, based in Baguio City airport and others still based in Clark Air Base and Basa Air Base, began bombing runs on the infected in the overrun Manila. Usually using the FA-50 Fighter jets acquired from South Korea, these were also backed by S-211s and OV-10 Broncos for Close Air Support. However, these runs soon ended when the AFP ordered only to bomb infected cities or towns once a reclamation campaign would be enacted; in order to conserve fuel and munitions. Supply drops to other cities were used using C-130s and C-295 cargo planes. In the Visayas, the bridges connecting Mactan Island from Cebu province were blown up since it was learned the infected could not swim. This ensured to supply military units in Mindanao since Mactan Air Base hosted 2 FA-50s, 3 MD-520G light attack choppers, 4 UH-1 Hueys, 2 C-130s, and a C-295 transport plane.
In the rural provinces, the Citizen Armed Force Geographic Unit (CAFGU) paramilitary units were deployed to kill any stray infected. Armed with mostly World War II-era M1 Garand rifles, they made sure every shot count. Also operating in the jungle were the army's elite, known as the Scout Rangers. These Scout Rangers were able to protect many towns from the infected. They mainly relied on using stealth to attack infected, utilizing knives, machetes, bolos, and bayonets. Only in certain instances would they use their firearms.
The Philippine Navy fared the best of all branches. Although some ships are as old as World War II, these provided fire support to retreating troops boarding Landing crafts from infected coastal cities. The BRP Tarlac, a strategic sealift vessel (SSV) and the largest ship in the Philippine Navy, was involved in the evacuation of several troops in Manila Bay. It also hosted a few refugees before dropping them off to Mindoro Island, which was untouched by the infected. The BRP Gregorio Del Pilar, BRP Ramon Alcaraz, and the BRP Andres Bonifacio continued to patrol the coastline of the archipelago, occasionally using its 25mm autocannon or its AW-109E helicopter to attack concentrations of infected within the coastline. At the time of the outbreak, the second SSV, called the BRP Davao del Sur, was still undergoing sea trials near the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia. Once it is complete, a group of Philippine and Indonesian Navy officers will direct the Davao Del Sur to help in operations in the Philippines.
Within the maritime borders of the Philippines, the Indonesian and the Malaysian Navy have been helping in the evacuation of Filipino refugees in the southern portions in the country to refugee camps built in their countries. They have also deployed Special Forces to relief military outposts under siege with the infected or other insurgents such as the BIFF or Abu-Sayaff. There remains a ragtag group of U.S. Special Forces advisers located in the former base near Zamboanga City, which has been working with scattered Army and Scout Rangers in cleansing the nearby towns of infected.
As part of the United States-Philippines 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, the U.S. may soon deploy troops to the country. However, due to the situation in the United States, it is currently unknown how and when this will be conducted.
The Philippine Army (PA; Filipino: Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas) is the land-based unit of the AFP. It is the oldest branch of the armed forces, tracing its origins back to the Spanish-Filipino War in 1897. It mainly operates the armored vehicles which is used in the offensives against fighting the infected hordes. In addition, the PA has multiple howitzers and mortars.
Philippine Air Force
The Philippine Air Force (PA; Filipino: Hukbong Himpapawid ng Pilipinas) is the aerial branch of the armed forces. Established in 1947, it traces its origins to the Philippine Commonwealth Army. The Air Force was on its peak during the 1960s-1980s when much of the country operated the latest fighter jets available. It did however, suffer budget cuts and aging aircraft. The PAF was to acquire the F/A-18 Hornet during the turn of the century but the Asian Financial Crisis prevented it from doing so. The last F-5E Freedom fighters were retired in 2005, with the PAF without supersonic jets until 2015, when the first FA-50s from South Korea were delivered. Also delivered in this period are AW109 armed helicopters, 3 C295 transport planes, and 2 C-130s from the United States.
Currently, the Philippine Air Force has been supplying air drops to troops and survivor holdouts in the islands. It initially conducted air strikes among major infected concentrations but has since relinquished the role until a major offensive to retake Manila will undergo. It has also managed to bring any civilian plane to do supply drops or aerial reconnaissance.
|FA-50 Fighting Eagle|
|SIAI Marchetti S211|
|Cessna 210 survivor|
|Bell UH-1 Huey|
The Philippine Navy (PN; Filipino: Hukbong Dagat ng Pilipinas) is the naval branch of the armed forces, responsible for defending the country's maritime borders from both internal and external threats. The Navy, just like the Air Force, somewhat suffered from budget cuts around the 1990s-2000s. As a result of this, the PN continued to use World War II-era and Cold War-era ships from the United States and the United Kingdom. It was only in 2011 when the BRP Gregorio del Pilar became the first modern ship of the Gregorio del Pilar-class frigates. Two more frigates of this class were delivered in 2013 and 2016: the Ramon Alcaraz and the Andres Bonifacio. It has recently received the BRP Tarlac, the biggest ship in the Philippine Navy and the first of its kind in the Tarlac-class landing platform dock or strategic sealift vessels. In addition, the Philippine Navy received three Balikpapan-class landing crafts from the Royal Australian Navy, renamed into the Ivatan-class.
Around the time of the Zombie Fish Worm outbreak, the Philippine Navy is still awaiting its second SSV, the BRP Davao del Sur. While currently at Indonesia at the time of the outbreak, its delivery to the country will be delayed as it currently supporting the Indonesian military quelling the infected within their country. It has been confirmed by Indonesian military officials that it will be delivered to the Philippines by a group of Indonesian and Filipino naval officers who were training with the ship at the time it was launched.
The Philippine Navy is currently supporting coastal settlements not yet affected by the Zombie Fish Worm. The landing crafts have been supplying outposts and holdouts while patrol boats continue to mow down infected hordes by the coastline. A tactic done by riverine patrol boats and Multi-Purpose Attack Crafts (MPACs) was to draw infected away from a bridge or a seawall by using noise from the boat or other sources. Since the infected are attracted to noise, they would follow the noise ntil they fall of into waters and die as a result of drowning.
The table below summarizes the combat fleet of the PN. Aside from these ships, the Philippine Navy has several auxillary ships such as the BRP Ang Pangulo presidential yatch, a fuel tanker, a water tanker, a coastal freigter, a replenishment tanker, a research tanker, and a survey vessel.
Philippine Marine Corps
The Philippine Marine Corps (PMC; Filipino: Hukbong Kawal Pandagat ng Pilipinas) is the marine corps of the Philippines, a naval infantry force under the command of the Philippine Navy. It is in charge of manning garrisons in shoals and small islands like Ayungin Shoal where a marine detachment is stationed on the grounded BRP Sierra Madre. It conducts amphibious and expeditionary warfare, as well as special operation missions and trains annually with the United States Marine Corps during the BALIKATAN exercises.
The PMC is currently supporting army and naval operations around infected islands in the country. Recently, the Marines have started clearing smaller islands to establish temporary garrisons and refugee camps, since this will only require not much resources.
Citizen Armed Force Geographic Unit (irregular/paramilitary forces)
This is the irregular paramilitary auxiliary force of the Armed Forces, at the command of the Army. The CAFGU was created on July 25, 1987 when President Corazon C. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 264 entitled "Providing for the Citizen Armed Force". The creation of the unit was based on the "clear, consolidate, hold and develop" strategy adopted by then-Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos in dealing with insurgent-infiltrated villages.
Because of the severity of the Zombie Fish Worm outbreak, many of the military's reserves and auxiliary forces were called to arms to counter the spread of the infected. The CAFGU were no exception. Majority of the CAFGUs are fighting the infected in the rural areas armed mostly with WWII-era M1 Garands, M1911 pistols, and bolos. Some CAFGUs have become the "police force" of some isolated villages against the infected, rogue NPAs, BIFF, and the Abu-Sayaff.
|M16 Assault Rifle|
|M3 Grease Gun|