The Armed forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri said that the plans to buy shore-based missile systems for the military have not been “scrapped", just postponed. “It appears the project was scrapped". It was not scrapped, we just requested that it would be moved in second horizon . He also contested criticism that priority has been given to internal security instead of external defense. And for this Ireberri suddenly requested for the realignment of the missile system project.
Iriberri wrote an undated letter to Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. seeking his approval to re-align the Shore-Based Missile System.