In the coming weeks, the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration is set to issue a ruling on the arbitration case between the Philippines and China.

If the ruling favors the Philippines there is no guarantee that China will follow the decision because they refused to honor the UN arbitral tribunal and reiterated that it has indisputable sovereignty over the disputed sea.

So what can the Philippines do? Aside from asking help from allies.

Three years ago, Congressman Roilo Golez a former security adviser and a veteran legislator urged the government to buy as soon as possible, on a government-to-government arrangement at least fifty (50) “Brahmos Cruise Missiles” from India and aim them on China’s airstrip in Fiery-cross reef, part of the Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine sea.

Golez said, “we can allocate an amount from the Malampaya fund, which a distinguished legal expert told me can be used for this defense project.”

China’s man-made island at Fiery-cross reef West Philippine sea

According to Congressman Golez, the “Brahmos cruise missile” is one of the best weapons installed in an Indian made stealth frigate INS Satpura scheduled to visit the Philippines next month (June 2016).

Defense expert agrees that the effectiveness of at least two to three “Brahmos” can definitely disable the China’s airstrip or for a 50 of those cruise missiles surely can pulverize and wipe out that entire China’s artificial island in the West Philippine sea.

INS Satpura (F48) Shivalik class frigates or Project 17 class frigates are multi-role frigates with stealth features being built for the Indian Navy (4)
Image credit to globalmilitaryreview.blogspot.com

What is a Brahmos cruise missile?

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BRAHMOS is the leading supersonic cruise missile capable of hitting sea-based targets beyond radar horizons. The missile with pinpoint accuracy can be launched as far as 290km from the target and can be launched either inclined or vertically configuration based on the type of the ship or user requirements.

It can be installed as part of its primary weapons system in the previously acquired two U.S. made cutter ship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, and BRP Ramon Alcaraz or onto a fixed wing aircraft like the Philippines’ FA-50 fighter jet.

Likewise, it can be installed on a Philippine Army mobile truck. They can be repositioned anywhere in the country that is accessible by road network and can be airlift by the Philippine Air Force’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and can be hidden from aerial or satellite reconnaissance systems if necessary.

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So, what do you think? Should we consider Congressman Golez proposal in acquiring a Brahmos supersonic cruise missile?

Well, based on our point of views the Congressman was right. Being a former security adviser, Congressman Golez definitely knew what he was saying because of his outstanding qualification.

He went to the Philippine Military Academy and US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, major in mathematics and operations analysis.

Golez also took up Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of the Philippines where he graduated valedictorian of his class.

In order to protect the Philippines sovereignty against any foreign aggressor like China, The Philippines must immediately arm itself, build-up our country’s territorial/maritime defense capabilities ASAP. –Jason E.

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