Philippines, US forges an agreement on aeronautical, maritime search and rescue

The Philippine-US Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (AMSAR) Agreement was signed on July 30 by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. and US Embassy Chargé d’affaires John C. Law. The AMSAR Agreement establishes boundaries between the Philippines and the United States in terms of search and rescue operations. It promotes closer bilateral cooperation… Continue reading Philippines, US forges an agreement on aeronautical, maritime search and rescue

2 PCG acquired massive Japanese-built ships to arrive this 2022

The first of two 94-meter multirole response vessels (MMRVs) acquired by the Department of Transportation for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has just been launched at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.’s Shimonoseki Shipyard. As the largest vessels in the PCG’s fleet, modeled after Japan’s own coast guard vessels, the two will be a formidable force. The… Continue reading 2 PCG acquired massive Japanese-built ships to arrive this 2022

DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated on Wednesday that he does not envision any conflicts breaking out in the West Philippine Sea, despite increased exercises between the Philippines and the United States and its partners in the region. “There is a provision in the MDT (Mutual Defense Treaty) that an attack to… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana says war in West Philippine Sea ‘unlikely’

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

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After Washington warned that an attack on the Philippines would trigger a mutual defense treaty, China’s military chased a US cruiser out of another disputed area in the West Philippine Sea on Monday. Beijing reaffirmed its rights to parts of the sea that are also claimed by states in Southeast Asia. It rejected the Biden administration’s… Continue reading China’s military asserts it chased a US frigate out of a contested West Philippine Sea

Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

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Indonesian Consul General Dicky Fabrian purposefully paid a courtesy call on Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. to cement collaboration. Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff greeted Consul General Fabrian in the Bautista Lounge of the command in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City, around 10 AM on January 12. During… Continue reading Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Getty Images

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France will increase their military presence in Asia in 2021 in order to oppose China and strengthen support for the United States (US), Japan, and other regional allies. Germany will send a frigate to patrol Indo-Pacific waterways, while the United Kingdom will send a carrier strike group (CSG) led by… Continue reading European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

In a new escalation of tensions between Beijing and Washington, Beijing announced on Tuesday that its military had “expelled” a US Navy destroyer cruising near the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. China said the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) southern theatre command dispatched ships and aircraft to warn the US destroyer USS John S.… Continue reading China ‘expels’ US Navy destroyer sailing near Spratly Islands in the WPS

House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the committee on foreign affairs approved House Bill 6399, a bill seeking the printing of the country’s map – including the West Philippine Sea and Sabah – on passports. Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the said substitute bill seeks to amend the Passport Act by… Continue reading House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

The Philippine government reversed course on Tuesday, saying it would keep a long-standing military treaty with the United States known as the Visiting Forces Agreement, which President Rodrigo Duterte has blasted as unjust. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin made the statement on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming he had informed Washington in a diplomatic message. The… Continue reading Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA