Not fulfilled by grabbing and snatching land, ocean and air space from its neighbors including the moon. Now, the Philippines satellite communication slot in outer space was also taken over by China.

China has grabbed and now occupies one of the two Geo-orbital slots in the space that used to belong to the Philippines. That space slot, which is 98 degrees East longitude, is now reportedly occupied by a Chinese military satellite. A military source told postscript throughout the weekend.

The Philippine government may not instantly have the assets or measures to get it back or dispatch its own communication satellite to declare and assert its legitimate spot in the sky, yet we have been told there are private groups prepared and willing to do it.

One official move the administration may need to take in recovering its opening is to look for the backing of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) in kicking out the Chinese squatter satellite associated with being utilized to listen stealthily on messages and exercises in the West Philippine Sea.

The way that the ITU’s recently introduced Secretary-General Houlin Zhao is a Chinese ought not to stop the Philippines from squeezing  the return of the slot that has been truly appointed to it.

In readiness, the administration in pair with the private sector must be prepared to hop into the slot and utilize it once it is restored.

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Philippines Diwata Micro Satellite

Presently the Philippines needs to secure its own particular orbital slot, on the off chance that a choice is made to dispatch a satellite and make up for lost time and catch up with the neighbors. Slots are controlled and administered by Geneva-based ITU, a particular United Nations office that satellite owners and operators deal with.

We have not had a satellite since the launching of one and only one Mabuhay that was majority owned by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., but hardly used.

In 2009, PLDT backup Mabuhay Satellite Corp. sold the Agila-2 satellite (propelled in 1999) to Asia Broadcast Satellite, an entity with foreign interests. Agila was not ideally utilized as PLDT and different telcos liked to depend more on fiber systems networks.

The greater part of our neighbors have two or more satellites in the sky. Japan has 20; Indonesia, 13; Thailand, 9; Malaysia, 5; Singapore, 4; Taiwan, 3; and Vietnam, 2. Laos and Cambodia are purportedly set to dispatch their own particular satellite in 2016, and Myanmar in 2017.

By: Kevin N.

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