Two United States warships have fulfilled their patrol in the West Philippine Sea, the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet said Tuesday. The heavily armed vessel littoral battle ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) has led joint patrol activities, and also joint flight operations with their MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. “Our […]

The Hague, Netherlands — The United Nations (UN) tribunal has given China another opportunity to react to the arbitration case filed by the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea dispute in spite of Beijing’s rehashed refusal to take part in the proceedings. “The Arbitral Tribunal has chosen to give China the chance to comment in writing, […]

An upgraded six units of fully refurbished armored personnel carriers (APCs) arrived this week from Israel to maximize and strengthen the arsenal of the Philippine Army aimed at decreasing soldier casualties in the field. Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato said that the APCs were promptly delivered to the Army’s mechanized infantry division last Thursday. He said a .50-caliber machine gun with […]

Beijing, China — As part of its larger reform effort to modernize and transform its military into a technologically sophisticated force, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) has implemented a recruitment strategy and a number of measures aimed at training up a “new-type” officer and soldier for its modernized forces which will be used as a reinforcement […]

Statement Before the Permanent Court of Arbitration Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands WHY THE PHILIPPINES BROUGHT THIS CASE TO ARBITRATION AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO THE REGION AND THE WORLD Republic of the Philippines vs. People’s Republic of China HON. ALBERT F. DEL ROSARIO Secretary of Foreign Affairs 07 July 2015 1.    Mr. President, distinguished Members […]

An arrangement for the acquisition of Israeli shore base missile system weapons deal intended to support the defenses of the West Philippine Sea against Chinese attack was left in favor of purchasing caps, night goggles, body shield and radios to battle what they said was the more pressing threat of terrorism. Some netizens are questioning this […]

Malacañang dismisses over again a reported proposition of China for the Philippines to take part in bilateral talks to resolve the two nations’ maritime dispute. “Philippines’ preference for a rule based and multilateral methodology referring to the ASEAN mechanism, and called on parties to submit and abide on the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea […]

Palawan, Philippines — Philippine Navy recently discovered an extensive steel marker bearing Chinese engravings and hundreds of yellow buoys in the waters near the Reed Bank, an area of the South China Sea where Manila has long explored for oil and gas, Philippine naval sources said. One source, a sailor, told Reuters he was on a […]

BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry expressed its disappointment and anger after the Pentagon’s updated National Military Strategy slammed Chinese claims in the South China Sea as threatening, aggressive and inconsistent with international law. China has turned out to be progressively emphatic in the South China Sea, building artificial islands in areas where the Philippines and other countries […]

A strategic and economic dialogue in Washington held last week between the United States and China on how both countries can settle the rising tensions in South China Sea. The United States made it clear to support China 100 percent if they can prove that it owns the islets, shoals and reefs that are at […]

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