US reaffirms applicability of defense treaty in SCS amid massing of Chinese militia vessels

United States and Philippines National Security Advisors Jake Sullivan and Hermogenes Esperon talked through phone on March 31 with Chinese Maritime Militia vessels in Juan Felipe (Whitsun) Reef as among the topic discussed. Sullivan reaffirmed to Esperon that the United States-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty applies in the South China Sea (SCS). “The National Security Advisors […]

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Navy eyes 6 anti-air frigates, 12 anti-submarine corvettes, 3 submarines

The Philippine Navy is eyeing to operate 6 anti-air frigates, 12 anti-submarine corvettes, and 3 submarines. The said naval assets are part of Navy’s desired force-mix, under the Naval Operating Concept submitted to higher headquarters in 2020, which also includes offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), landing docks (LDs), fast attack interdiction craft-missiles (FAIC-M), multi-purpose attack crafts […]

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DND chief renews call for withdrawal of Chinese vessels, vows more patrol ships in WPS

“I assure our people that we are addressing the situation. We stand by our position calling for the immediate withdrawal of Chinese vessels in the Julian Felipe Reef, which was communicated to the Chinese Ambassador,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement. “We are ready to defend our national sovereignty […]

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‘Wala po talagang kontrobersiya’: Roque says China not insisting to stay in Julian Felipe Reef

“Sa tingin ko, wala po talagang kontrobersiya dahil hindi naman nila pinaglalaban na talagang mananatili sila roon,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said on March 25. The presidential spokesperson made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian met. “Nagkausap po sila, pero hindi po iyan lang ang pinag-usapan nila. Bago pa […]

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Duterte to talk with Chinese envoy regarding Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef

President Rodrigo Duterte will be talking with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines about the presence of Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef in West Philippine Sea, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said during March 23 press briefing. “Uulitin ko lang po ang sinabi kahapon ni Presidente, kakausapin niya ang Chinese Ambassador tungkol sa isyung ito. […]

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PHL envoy to China witnesses loading of 400,000 Sinovac vaccine doses

Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, together with Consul General Dinno Oblena and First Secretary Winston Almeda, witnessed the loading of second batch of vaccines donated by the Chinese government. The said batch is 400,000 doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine. Ambassador Sta. Romana said the vaccines “will be brought to the airport for pick-up by […]

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