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"Deliberately grounded on a tiny reef in the #SouthChinaSea, part of an island chain claimed by the two Asian countries, the #BRPSierraMadre is now the unlikely base for a detachment of Filipino marines who stand guard over the atoll, scanning the turquoise waters for Chinese ships." #AyunginShoal #SecondThomasShoal #Philippines

Wreck, Rats and Roaches : Standoff in the #SouthChinaSea (2014 article)
https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2014/07/world/south-china-sea-dispute/

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", — Senators condemned on Sunday the Chinese Coast Guard’s () harassment against the Philippine Coast Guard () and military supply ship bound for .

In separate statements, senators aired their frustration on CCG’s use of water cannon against PCG vessels delivering supplies to military troops stationed on in Ayungin Shoal."

Senators condemn China’s water cannon attack in : ‘Bullying must stop’
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/217339/senators-condemn-chinas-water-cannon-attack-in-wps-bullying-must-stop?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=gallery

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"Video from the showed a large Chinese Coast Guard ship spraying a much smaller Philippine boat that was attempting to deliver supplies to a garrison of Philippine marines on ...Images from the (PCG) also showed the Chinese ship moving dangerously close in front of the PCG vessels as they escorted the resupply boats"

International backlash grows after Chinese vessel fires water cannon on Philippine boats https://edition.cnn.com/2023/08/07/asia/china-philippines-coast-guard-confrontation-south-china-sea-intl-hnk/index.html

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The day prior, called on the to remove the . In response, National Security Council Assistant Director General Jonathan Malaya told reporters in Manila: “We will not abandon . We are committed to the Ayungin Shoal.”

Philippines doubles down on Ayungin after China claims ‘illegal’ activities
https://www.rappler.com/nation/dfa-doubles-down-ayungin-shoal-after-china-claim-illegal-activities-august-2023/

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"Global concern about ’s naval activities is growing as the country expands and modernises its military, and shows increasing aggression in its claims over the and .

Joint drills with – during which a flotilla sailed near this weekend – have also heightened concern over military coordination between and ."

China-Philippines dispute could escalate into superpower conflict, say analysts
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/08/china-philippines-dispute-could-escalate-into-superpower-conflict-say-analysts

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"Tensions between and the are on the rise once again, with accusing the Chinese Coast Guard of using water cannon to block a Philippine military supply boat from delivering food, fuel and water to troops garrisoned on a decommissioned warship grounded on a reef in the ."

What’s behind rising China-Philippines tensions in the South China Sea?
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/8/9/whats-behind-rising-china-philippines-tensions-in-the-south-china-sea

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", – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. refuted on Wednesday, August 9, and denied any agreement to remove the Philippine ship from in the "
https://www.rappler.com/nation/marcos-refutes-china-denies-agreement-remove-ship-ayungin-shoal/

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"If succeeds in enforcing its nine-dash line claim using its new coast guard law, and if succeeds in keeping Ukrainian territory that it has invaded, then both China and Russia would be overturning and negating the foundational principle of the ."

[ANALYSIS] Flashpoints in the -China relationship
https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/analysis-flashpoints-philippines-china-relationship/

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", – The Philippines is looking at several options to strengthen its hold on the disputed () in the including refurbishing a grounded and rusting warship it uses as a military outpost, a move that would likely anger ."

https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippines-refurbishing-grounded-ship-option-strengthen-hold-ayungin-shoal/

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“Yung resupply mission na yan, ‘pag dinaan mo ‘yan sa , hindi na yan mapipigil,” Trillanes, who worked as a backdoor negotiator for President in , said over radio DWPM.

Trillanes urges to use helicopters anew to supply
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/217704/use-helicopters-anew-to-supply-brp-sierra-madre-afp-urged

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'I don't know where he got his information,' Senator says of Roberto Tiglao's claim that it was former president Estrada who made the promise to to remove from .

Jinggoy, JV refute Tiglao’s claim that made promise to China
https://www.rappler.com/nation/jinggoy-jv-refute-tiglao-claim-erap-made-promise-china-ayungin-shoal/

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"The says internal threats pinpointed by the administration – the , local , and – are no longer priorities"

Marcos security policy focuses on threats in , Strait
https://www.rappler.com/nation/marcos-jr-security-plan-focuses-external-threats-west-philippine-sea-taiwan/

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"The structures, according to the senator, could serve as permanent lodging for soldiers stationed at the rusty , a warship intentionally grounded in the shoal in 1999 as a Philippine military outpost and now at the center of fresh tensions between and ."

P100-M funding sought for PH Ayungin buildup
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/217872/p100-m-funding-sought-for-ph-ayungin-buildup?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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", who filed numerous diplomatic protests and sometimes tweeted expletives against , led the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at a time when the Philippine leader, , sought closer ties with Beijing. He was Duterte’s third and longest-serving foreign secretary, steering the DFA from October 17, 2018, until Duterte’s term ended on June 30, 2022."

Marcos names Locsin, Duterte’s top diplomat, as special envoy to China
https://www.rappler.com/nation/marcos-names-teddyboy-locsin-special-envoy-china/

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", which has controlled since 1974, is the westernmost and southernmost point of the , almost the same distance from the Vietnamese coast and China’s island province of .

Powell said the construction there 'will clearly make agitated.'

China appears to be building an airstrip on a disputed island in the
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-appears-building-airstrip-disputed-island-south-china-sea-rcna100348

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"The planned exercise set for Wednesday comes amid mounting tensions between and the after a Chinese coast guard vessel fired a water cannon at a Philippine military-chartered boat near the -controlled in the earlier this month."

, , eye ship deployment to Philippines for drill
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20230818/p2g/00m/0in/063000c

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"The drills, which also involved a small contingent of American troops, were carried out as the was making a new attempt to deliver supplies in , two weeks after one of its supply boats was prevented from doing so by (CCG) ships using water cannons."

PH-Aussie forces regain territory from ‘invaders’ in mock drills
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/218141/ph-aussie-forces-regain-territory-from-invaders-in-palawan-mock-drills

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“Notwithstanding attempts by and Chinese Maritime Militia vessels to block, harass, and interfere with the supply mission, the Philippine supply ships … successfully completed their supply mission,” the task force added.

The task force said Unaizah May 1 and Unaizah May 2 were escorted by vessels and during the mission, while Philippine Navy ships were also on standby.

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/218171/ph-coast-guards-resupply-mission-to-brp-sierra-madre-crew-successful

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"On August 22, two ships escorted boats commissioned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines () to bring supplies to Marines stationed at the , a grounded ship that serves as the Philippine outpost in those waters. It was the ’ second resupply mission in August, after a routine mission on August 5 was partially stopped by ."

PCG says nothing ‘humanitarian’ about China’s moves vs resupply mission
https://www.rappler.com/nation/coast-guard-nothing-humanitarian-china-moves-resupply-mission-ayungin-west-philippine-sea/

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“Masyadong maliit ang P10 million kumpara halimbawa sa na may proposed intelligence funds na P150 million. The is threatened by almost on a daily basis, 24/7, while the DepEd is not even facing any security threat,” said.

Hontiveros wants bigger intelligence funds for Coast Guard in 2024 budget
https://www.rappler.com/nation/hontiveros-wants-bigger-intelligence-funds-philippine-coast-guard-2024-budget/

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The air, sea and land drills, the first large-scale joint exercise between and the , simulated retaking an enemy-controlled island.

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marlies said after the drills that the first joint patrols of the by the Australian and Philippine navies would “happen soon”.

Australia, Philippines hold military drills, plan South China Sea patrols
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/8/26/australia-philippines-hold-military-drills-plan-south-china-sea-patrols

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", meanwhile, was among the countries that rejected and protested ’s 2023 national map, in which China claimed Indian land, as well as territory being disputed by the two countries.

Interactions between China and India in disputed borders have been more violent, especially between 2020 and 2021, following clashes along the Sino-Indian border that resulted in casualties."

Indian envoy to warns against ‘aggressive maneuvers’ in Indo-Pacific
https://www.rappler.com/nation/indian-ambassador-philippines-warns-aggressive-maneuvers-indo-pacific/

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Western Command (Wescom) chief Vice Adm. Alberto Carlos, the top military commander overseeing and the country’s claims in the , calls the Nido observation post “the other ,” referring to the grounded warship that serves as a military outpost in .

Troops at Nido outpost see vital role amid isolation
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/218670/troops-at-nido-outpost-see-vital-role-amid-isolation?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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Marcos on Tuesday called out “misleading narratives” that reduce disputes in the to a mere competition between two influential nations as such claims deny ’s independence and agency, and disregards its legitimate interests.

Marcos, Harris hold talks on South China Sea, maritime cooperation
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/07/2294506/marcos-harris-hold-talks-south-china-sea-maritime-cooperation

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Here we go again 🙄 's using smaller coast guard ships this time though. Very bad optics the last time kasi.

"On Friday morning, the escorted supply vessels to , also known as also known as , in the , where a handful of troops are stationed on a crumbling navy ship, the task force said."

condemns Chinese boats' 'illegal' actions in Ayungin Shoal
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/08/2294806/philippines-condemns-chinese-boats-illegal-actions-ayungin-shoal

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, also known as , lies within the Philippines' 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf — giving the exclusive right to explore, exploit and manage living and non-living resources within said area.

'Walang natira': AFP suspects behind massive coral harvesting in Rozul Reef
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2023/09/16/2296754/walang-natira-afp-suspects-china-behind-massive-coral-harvesting-rozul-reef

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Defense Senior Undersecretary Ireneo Espino said the needs immediate repair following recent re-supply operations.

"The deterioration is faster than the supply that we do to . I mean mas mabilis masira,” he said.

BRP Sierra Madre deteriorating fast, says DND official
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/20/23/brp-sierra-madre-deteriorating-fast-says-dnd-official

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and fisheries bureau personnel discovered the floating barrier, estimated at 300 metres (1,000 feet) long, on a routine patrol on Friday near the shoal, locally known as , Tarriela said.

coast guard deploys ‘floating barrier’ to cut off disputed shoal
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/24/china-coast-guard-deploys-floating-barrier-to-cut-off-disputed-south-china-sea-shoal

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, – Aboard a small boat and with knives in hand, personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard () on Monday, September 25, carried out a “special operation” to remove a floating barrier placed by the at the opening of or in the West Philippine Sea.

WATCH: PH’s ‘special operation’ to remove China’s floating barrier in Bajo de Masinloc
https://www.rappler.com/nation/video-philippine-coast-guard-remove-china-barrier-bajo-de-masinloc/

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, – The House and the Senate have agreed to reallocate confidential and to agencies fighting for ’s rights, amid rising tensions in the .

It is unclear which agencies would lose confidential and intelligence funds because of the decision, but groups have been calling on lawmakers to realign from ' and 's offices.

https://www.rappler.com/nation/congress-commits-reallocate-confidential-funds-agencies-protecting-west-philippine-sea/

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Senator Hontiveros won this round 👍 The Duterte faction's power is fading fast.

"The confidential funds initially for Vice President and Education Secretary 's offices will be redirected toward agencies at the forefront of efforts to address tensions in the "

Caving in to pressure, House to strip -led OVP, DepEd of confidential funds
https://www.rappler.com/nation/house-strips-deped-ovp-duterte-confidential-funds-september-2023/

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Note that is fully represented in this exercise. France is trying to expand it's presence - as is the .

"Maritime Training Activity is the seventh and largest iteration of the drills as participants from , , , , the and join the and the , according to a US Navy press release. "

US and Philippines launch military drills with partners as tensions mount https://edition.cnn.com/2023/10/03/asia/us-philippines-naval-exercise-sama-sama-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

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"Romualdez said he joins the country in mourning the death of three fishermen whose boat was rammed on Monday, October 2 by , a crude registered under the flag of the , according to the (PCG)."

tragedy: Romualdez urges calm, lawmakers want more patrols
https://www.rappler.com/nation/house-lawmakers-reaction-bajo-de-masinloc-ramming-incident-filipino-fishing-boat-october-2023/

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", – In the wee hours of the morning on October 2, Monday, as its 14-man crew were fishing off the vicinity of in the , the Filipino fishing boat was hit by a much larger commercial ship that was passing through the area."

What we know: Ship hits Filipino boat Dearyn in West Philippine Sea
https://www.rappler.com/nation/what-we-know-ship-filipino-dearyn-collision-west-philippine-sea-october-2023/

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The Philippine Coast Guard should be getting a good chunk of this.

"In a statement on Tuesday, October 10, House appropriations committee chairperson Zaldy Co said a total of P1.23 billion in confidential funds were realigned to agencies at the forefront of efforts to assert the ’ territorial rights in the ."

House denies 2024 confidential fund requests of , , , ,
https://www.rappler.com/nation/house-denies-confidential-fund-request-ovp-deped-da-dict-dfa-2024/

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More multi-role fighters, more ships and maybe submarines. ’s aggressive actions in the has radically altered the modernization program.

" – The Armed Forces of the () modernization program is now being reconfigured or shifted to provide the military with the capabilities needed to protect the country's exclusive economic zone () or 200 nautical miles from its coast."

AFP shifts defenses to Philippine EEZ
https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1211384

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Linking the Philippine Air Force Saab multi-role fighter (MRF) thread to the thread. There is a strong possibility the will be getting more than 14 MRF's (12 Gripen C & 2 Gripen D) since that number won't be enough to cover our (Exclusive Economic Zone).

Note that the PAF was also considering getting F16's from the US though that proved too expensive for the original budget. Delivery time was longer than the Gripen's too.

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has pissed off Canada several times, it's just not us na binabastos nila.

While neither Filipino and Canadian officials will say it out loud, the dark vessel detection system is an invaluable tool as the becomes more assertive in defending its territory and asserting its claim over the , or parts of the within its exclusive economic zone.

What access to ’s dark vessel detection means for the Philippines
https://www.rappler.com/nation/what-access-canada-dark-vessel-means-philippines/

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The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a much updated & longer version of the C-130, the flying workhorses of the 's logistics arm.

"These C130s will surely boost our airlift capability to support and other national development efforts to include during times of and ,” said the in a separate statement

pushes through with purchase of 3 new C-130 planes
https://www.rappler.com/nation/philippines-pushes-through-with-purchase-new-c-130-planes/

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The island is located 141 km (88 mi) southeast of the southern tip of 's main island and 98 km (61 mi) to the nearest Taiwanese island, the "Lesser Orchid Island".

For reference, a flight from Manila to Baguio is 210km(130 mi) .

Navy inaugurates detachment on , northernmost tip of the

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1848040/navy-inaugurates-detachment-on-mavulis-island-northernmost-tip-of-ph

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In the , there are area commands, with units from the different services under its wing, and there are commands that offer support to the whole military. The is one of those support units, alongside the AFP Reserve Command and Procurement Service, among others.

Brawner said he wants the Cyber Group expanded into a command so it can have more personnel and equipment.

AFP chief Brawner eyes
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/afp-chief-brawner-eyes-expanded-command-cyber-warriors/

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The accused ’s coast guard of “dangerous blocking manoeuvres” that caused it to collide with a Philippine resupply boat about 25km from , where the warship was deliberately run aground decades ago to underline the Philippines’ claims in the sea.

The Philippines summons Chinese ambassador after two collisions
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/23/china-philippines-ships-boats-collision-south-china-sea-vessels-spratly-islands

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Japan & South Korea have been growing closer together. Note how both included each other's nationals in their evacuation flights from Israel recently.

, – Both and criticized “unilateral” actions that increase tensions in the days after and blamed each other for two recent collision incidents close to in the .
https://www.rappler.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-south-korea-express-concern-china-ships-collide-philippine-boats/,

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During their scheduled early November summit in the , Prime Minister and President Jr. are expected to greenlight negotiations for a "reciprocal access agreement," facilitating the presence of visiting forces, according to sources.

It would be 's first with a member of the and the third following the agreements with and .

Japan, Philippines mull starting talks on new
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20231025/p2g/00m/0na/035000c

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The incident was the second of two encounters the ’s helicopter had with Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy fighter jets over international waters on October 29, which saw the fighters get as close as 100 feet from the helicopter, Millen told CNN in an interview aboard the warship.

Exclusive: Chinese jet fired flares close to submarine-hunting helicopter in , Canadian Navy says | CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2023/11/03/asia/canada-china-helicopter-interception-south-china-sea-hnk-intl/index.html

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Diplomacy focused on the contested waters is the latest in a series of talks leading up to and ’s meeting this month in .

, Chinese diplomats meet in Beijing to discuss maritime issues including
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3240318/us-chinese-diplomats-meet-beijing-discuss-maritime-issues-including-south-china-sea

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, — The Philippine Coast Guard () will receive five additional multi-role response vessels from within the term of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., according to National Economic and Development Authority () Secretary Arsenio Balisacan on Thursday.

to receive 5 vessels from Japan
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/222343/ph-coast-guard-to-receive-5-vessels-from-japan

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and Chinese vessels engaged in a heated confrontation anew during another resupply mission in , on Friday, Nov. 10, with the hostilities reaching its climax when a (CCG) ship deployed a against a much smaller indigenous boat chartered by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

China Coast Guard deploys water cannon vs PH supply boat anew
https://mb.com.ph/2023/11/9/china-coast-guard-deploys-water-cannon-vs-ph-supply-boat-anew

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The occupies nine features in the Group (KIG) , namely: (Second Thomas) Shoal, (Thitu) Island, (Nanshan) Island, (Northeast Cay) Island, (Flat) Island, (Loaita) Island, (Commodore) Reef, (West York) Island, and (Lankiam Cay) Island.

Romualdez bares development project plans | Global News
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/222457/romualdez-on-govt-plans-to-develop-other-islands-in-wps

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ABOARD THE – It’s a sight to behold – perhaps not in a good way. In an area in the well within the ’ exclusive economic zone (), the Philippines’ was vastly outnumbered against in another routine resupply mission to the in .

WATCH: In Ayungin, PH Coast Guard smarts and daring trump China’s 11-ship blocking team
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/video-philippine-coast-guard-china-ship-blocking-ayungin-shoal-november-10-2023/

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Sen. , the sponsor of the 2024 budget, said the was spending P1.7 billion yearly for fuel alone. She added that most PCG vessels were “inoperable” as these had not been maintained due to insufficient funds.

Senate grants additional budget for | Inquirer News
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1859339/senate-gramts-additional-budget-for-philippine-coast-guard

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It is rare for a head of state to visit the USINDOPACOM, and Malacañang said Marcos was the first Philippine president to set foot in the military base.

The covers the vast , including waters and airspace adjacent to the .

makes rare visit to US Indo-Pacific Command in
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/marcos-rare-visit-us-indo-pacific-command-hawaii-november-2023/

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, – The National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday, November 21, said it “does not support” a planned December 5 civilian resupply mission to , a flashpoint for tensions between Manila and Beijing in the .

Council thumbs down civilian convoy to
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/national-security-council-thumbs-down-civilian-christmas-convoy-ayungin-shoal/

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The three-day patrol started off the ’ northernmost islands() near and were to move toward () waters within Manila’s exclusive economic zone, officials said.

The patrols involve three navy ships and three fighter-jets from the Philippine military, which were to be joined by one littoral combat ship and one aircraft from the side.

, Philippines launch joint sea and air patrols
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/southchinasea/philippines-sea-patrols-11212023131636.html

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On Tuesday, the Philippine Air Force’s light combat aircraft flew in tandem with the US Air Force’s fighter jets and C-130 from to the to test joint flight doctrines and further enhance interoperability, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

keeps watch on PH-US sea patrols | Global News
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223206/china-keeps-watch-on-ph-us-sea-patrols?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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"It was confirmed as per reports received that two Chinese fighter jets were monitored orbiting the ' A-29B at the vicinity of in the ," Philippine Army spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said.

Chinese fighter jets 'orbit' Philippine aircraft during PH- joint patrol | GMA News Online
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/889598/chinese-fighter-jets-orbit-philippine-aircraft-during-ph-australia-joint-patrol/story/

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, — Three of the (PCG) multirole response vessels often used in regular resupply missions to a military outpost in (WPS) participated in joint water cannon and towing drills between Philippines and .

PCG boats used in WPS missions join PH-Japan water cannon, towing drills | Global News
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223522/pcg-boats-used-in-wps-missions-join-ph-japan-water-cannon-towing-drills?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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, — The (NSC) finally green-lighted on Tuesday the civilian-led to the (WPS), allowing them to pass through the general vicinity of () .

However, the NSC did not allow the convoy to reach the , according to its spokesperson Jonathan Malaya.

NSC approves Christmas convoy to WPS; BRP Sierra Madre still off limits
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223557/christmas-convoy-in-ayungin-shoal

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The new carrier is projected to hold at least 28 fighter jets and helicopters and displace 45,000 tons of water, a common measurement of warship size. The also displaces 45,000 tons.

The carrier is to be equipped with French-made jets, Bloomberg said, a decision reflecting India's ongoing military modernization and partial phasing out of older Soviet- and Russia-made hardware.

Orders $5 Billion Aircraft Carrier With Eye on , Report Says
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/technology/india-orders-5-billion-aircraft-carrier-with-eye-on-china-report-says/ar-AA1kJ7rN

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Inaugurated on Friday, the new three-storey facility is equipped with state-of-the art technology such as , , , and coastal cameras, the Philippine coast guard said in a statement. 's outpost of Thitu is its biggest and most strategically important in the , largely claimed by Beijing.

builds new coast guard station on island in South China Sea
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/philippines-builds-new-coast-guard-station-on-island-in-south-china-sea/ar-AA1kPOcd?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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The currently has two active : one with the which was ratified by the Senate in 1999 and with which was signed in 2007 but was ratified and took effect only in 2012.

The VFA with is in the works.

PH, eye VFA, deeper defense ties
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223786/ph-france-eye-vfa-deeper-defense-ties?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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, — The Philippine Coast Guard () on Sunday said it has monitored “more than 135” suspected Chinese maritime militia vessels (CMM) in , a substantial increase compared to the previous month.

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223807/pcg-monitors-over-135-chinese-maritime-militia-vessels-in-julian-felipe-reef

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, — The Chinese vessels in appear to be unmanned, being left as a territorial demarcation, according to (NSC) spokesperson Jonathan Malaya on Monday.

This came after a total of 135 Chinese vessels were monitored in the Julian Felipe Reef in the over the weekend.

Chinese vessels seen in Julian Felipe Reef are unmanned
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/223837/chinese-vessels-seen-in-julian-felipe-reef-are-unmanned-says-nsc-spox

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, – Over 40 volunteers composed mostly of youth and student leaders arrived in , , on Saturday, December 9, in line with the three-day civilian supply mission to the that will begin on Saturday, December 10.

The volunteers, who also include fisherfolk representatives, among others, arrived in El Nido from , aboard the TS Kapitan Felix Oca that had been loaded with donations and supplies.

https://www.rappler.com/philippines/photos-volunteers-civilian-christmas-convoy-ayungin-arrives-palawan-december-9-2023/

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In a statement, the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTFWPS) said (CCG) ships used water cannons against the vessels of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources () namely Datu Sanday, Datu Bankaw, and Datu Tamblot near ( Shoal). The three BFAR ships are civilian vessels.

fires water cannon at Filipino ships in
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/china-fires-water-cannon-filipino-ships-west-philippine-sea-december-2023/

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, — A group of civilians will embark in a historic journey in Philippine waters — they will sail to the to assert the country’s control over our own waters.

Organized by coalition, the program will begin on Sunday, December 10.

What you need to know: Atin Ito's to
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/things-to-know-atin-ito-christmas-convoy-west-philippine-sea/

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The had initially planned to first visit the vicinity of () but David said it had changed its route in response to Sunday’s incident, and would instead proceed directly to the islands of and to drop off donations.

Santa ‘won’t be bullied’: festive convoy sets off for waters disputed with | | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/dec/10/filipino-volunteers-send-santa-convoy-to-cheer-up-isles-disputed-by-bully-china

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The is using a recently installed Japanese-made air-surveillance radar system at in San Fernando City to monitor activity off its coast. It says it will share data from the radar with Tokyo to strengthen their security relationship.

Philippines watches disputed waters with -made radar | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20231220_33/

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Located at a (PAF) base here, the Japanese-built air surveillance radar system () was formally turned over to the PAF in simple ceremonies held on Wednesday.

The , a former US air base, has been without any capability to detect intrusions since 2015 after it retired its -made air surveillance radars that had been in use since the 1950s.

PAF acquires sharper eye for threats in WPS
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/224662/paf-acquires-sharper-eye-for-threats-in-wps?utm_source=(direct)&utm_medium=gallery

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, – Foreign ministers of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc Association of Southeast Asian Nations () on Saturday, December 30, expressed their concern over growing tensions in the which they said could threaten regional peace and urged for peaceful dialogue among parties.

ASEAN foreign ministers express concern over South China Sea tensions
https://www.rappler.com/world/asia-pacific/asean-foreign-ministers-express-concern-south-china-sea-tensions/

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Footage shared by state broadcaster CCTV and the Chinese military on Thursday showed what they called "live fire drills" taking place over the sea.

One video, shared by the Chinese military's Southern Theatre Command, showed jets taking off and firing missiles that then struck targets.

The drills coincided with a two-day exercise by the and the in the disputed waters, involving an aircraft carrier strike group led by the .

https://www.france24.com/en/asia-pacific/20240104-china-and-us-hold-rival-military-drills-in-disputed-south-china-sea

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, – Two Chinese navy vessels shadowed Philippine and US ships conducting joint patrols in the , the Philippine military said on Thursday, January 4 as tensions flare in the region over disputed territorial claims.

The two-day maritime exercises involving Manila and , were the second in less than two months in the – within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone ().

https://www.rappler.com/philippines/chinese-vessels-shadow-philippine-united-states-ships/

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, – The Philippines will develop islands in the that it considers part of its territory to make them more habitable for troops, ’s military chief Romeo Brawner told reporters on Monday, January 15.

Philippines to develop islands in South China Sea – Brawner
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/philippines-develop-islands-south-china-sea/

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Defense Secretary Jr. on Tuesday night again condemned ’s latest act of aggression against in the resource-rich , locally known as , which is within Manila’s 270-kilometer exclusive economic zone.

Teodoro said China “has no business harassing Filipino fishermen” after a video showed local fisherfolk being driven away by the Chinese coast guard.
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/225718/defense-chief-scores-harassment-of-pinoy-fishers

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China has deployed at least 50 maritime militia ships at () ahead of another mission to resupply Filipino troops on a decrepit World War II-era ship serving as the ’ outpost at the nearby () , according to an American maritime expert.

Expert: has placed 50 ships ahead of PH mission
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/225749/expert-china-has-placed-50-ships-ahead-of-ph-mission

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The signed an P18.9-billion deal with Aerospace Private Ltd.—an Indian-Russian joint venture—in January 2022 for three batteries of the cruise missiles as part the ’s shore-based system project.

PH to get supersonic missiles soon – envoy
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/225785/ph-to-get-supersonic-missiles-soon-india-envoy

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The two Southeast Asian countries have competing claims over some parts of the , a conduit for $3 trillion of annual ship-borne trade that claims almost in its entirety.

, seal deals on South China Sea security
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/cooperation-deals-with-vietnam-south-china-sea-security/

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, — The Philippines will get a delivery of supersonic missiles by March, according to (NSC) Assistant Director General Jonathan Malaya on Friday.

In an ambush interview in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Malaya said that the ground system for the supersonic cruise missiles will arrive in February.

PH to receive supersonic missiles by March, says Malaya
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1898388/ph-to-receive-supersonic-missiles-by-march-says-malaya

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Filipino bishops rebuked #China in a rare statement about the #WestPhilippineSea dispute, and said it is “morally permissible” to take refuge in “the friendship of allies” if diplomacy fails.

The statement was an exceptional instance when bishops in the #Philippines, a predominantly #Catholic country, spoke out on foreign policy. #WestPHSea #CatholicChurch

Filipino bishops hit China in sea row, say ‘allies’ needed if diplomacy fails
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/filipino-bishops-statement-china-west-philippine-sea-dispute/

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The between those islands and is considered a choke point for vessels moving between the western and the contested . The Chinese military regularly sends ships and aircraft through the channel, Taiwan's defence ministry has said.

to boost military presence in islands facing
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/philippines-to-boost-military-presence-in-islands-facing-taiwan/ar-BB1hU2oF?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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Earlier, the PCG said that its X account had been “compromised.”

Posts on the PCG’s X page and its reply tabs were empty, although the “like” reactions were kept – however, most of the “likes” came from a particular account promoting cryptocurrency.

PCG regains X page after hack
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1904814/fwd-break-pcgs-x-page-now-retrieved

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The Philippines is close to sealing a deal with Sweden to acquire a squadron of 12 multi-role fighters worth 61 billion pesos, a defense spokesman said on Friday.

Director Arsenio Andolong said both sides are expected to sign an agreement by next month in Sweden.

MULTI-ROLE FIGHTERS (): , discuss multi-role fighter acquisition

https://news.tv5.com.ph/breaking/read/multi-role-fighters-philippines-sweden-discuss-multi-role-fighter-acquisition

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A brief update on the : we'll be getting both (s) & (s).

Because of ’s massive defence build-up in the region, air forces are ordering new equipment and eyeing more potent capabilities.

has built air bases on and in the , as well as two in the , which are contested with .

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence/southeast-asias-fixed-wing-combat-fleet-set-for-growth/156162.article

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This is not just about money. There's no love lost between and so China taking control of the is absolutely not in India's interest.

India is aiming to become a key player in the ’ military capability upgrade as it seeks to promote itself as a major arms exporter in the region.

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/226226/india-eyes-key-role-in-ph-military-modernization-plan

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The Philippine government said on Monday, February 19, that it would “validate and investigate” reports from Filipino of their foreign counterparts using to fish in , a shoal that’s supposed to be a shared fishing ground for several nationalities.

Cyanide in ? PH says it would probe, says ‘disinfo’
https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/cyanide-scarborough-shoal-philippines-china/

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Philippine fighter jets and a US bomber plane flew together over the on Monday, more than a week after their navies held joint maritime exercises in the face of simmering tensions over territorial claims in the area.

Philippines' joint air patrol with US to 'protect territory'
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/joint-air-patrol-with-us-protect-territory/

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The is doubling down on efforts to preserve its sovereignty in the disputed waters while preparing for contingencies in nearby .

As such is stepping up its acquisition of increasingly high-end military equipment while expanding sophisticated military exercises with partners including the , and .

https://asiatimes.com/2024/02/philippines-arming-up-for-d-day-with-china/

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The Senate approved on second reading a measure specifying the rights and entitlements of over the country’s maritime zones, including underwater features.

Tolentino, chair of the Senate special committee on maritime and admiralty zones, said , which he wrote, would make the country compliant with the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea ().

Senate passes PH maritime zones bill
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1908775/senate-passes-ph-maritime-zones-bill

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It took ’s vessel up to 2 hours to break free from the blocking Chinese vessels and proceed to the to distribute aid to 44 Filipino fishing boats moored there.

The then anchored 200 meters from the shoreline of Bajo de Masinloc, the nearest it has reached since its rotational deployment.

again tries to block PH vessel on resupply mission to Bajo de Masinloc
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/topstories/nation/898506/china-again-tries-to-block-ph-vessel-on-resupply-mission-to-bajo-de-masinloc/story/

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Satellite images of the hotly disputed in the show a new floating barrier across its entrance, near where Philippine ships and coast guard vessels have had frequent run-ins.

The satellite image bolsters a report and video distributed by the on Sunday showing two Chinese coast guard inflatable boats deploying floating barriers at the shoal's entrance on Feb 22.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/exclusive-satellite-images-reveal-floating-barrier-at-mouth-of-disputed-atoll-in-south-china-sea/ar-BB1iTmlk

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, – Shadowing and blocking maneuvers by in the are nothing new for personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (), nor for Philippine journalists who are practically regulars in missions to those waters as part of the government’s “transparency initiative.”

View from Manila: bristles at media presence in
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/beijing-china-bristles-at-media-presence-bajo-de-masinloc/

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The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources () reported that a gray helicopter with Chinese markings was seen in the area.

“This is the first time na mayroon tayong nakita na Chinese aircraft patrolling over the airspace of in the recent time,” said Commodore Jay Tarriela.

Chinese aircraft spotted over
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/226565/fwd-china-aircraft-in-scs

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This should be 's job but it's hopelessly gridlocked on .

Geopolitical experts and envoys have proposed a triangular cooperation among , , and , for the advancement of peace and stability in the region.

According to Ambassador of India to the Philippines Shambu Kumaran, the three countries should work together in the aspect of maritime domains and security.

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/226731/ph-japan-india-cooperation-urged-to-boost-indo-pacific-stability

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If Japan wants to assist us in this area later, I hope we'll let them. They're in a good position to help us in patrolling it. We share a non-overlapping EEZ “border” with them, and it will strengthen the ties of both countries as well.

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The on Sunday said that the Chinese research vessels seen in the waters surrounding or located in the are now outside the country’s exclusive economic zone ().

Previously the Chinese vessels left from in before moving through Benham Rise, which is inside the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

https://manilastandard.net/news/314422414/china-vessels-leave-benham-navy.html

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On Monday, deployed one of its biggest vessels, the , to the northeast corner of the resource-rich submerged landmass inside the country’s exclusive economic zone () for a two-week mission.

No sightings of Chinese ship in Rise, says PCG
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/227391/no-sightings-of-chinese-ship-in-philippine-rise-says-pcg

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The 100-million-ton oil field is located in the near 's Province, state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation () said in a press release on Friday. The is China's first deep-water and deep-play oilfield with proved in-place volume over 100 million tons.

Chinese Gas Giant Finds New Oilfield in
https://www.newsweek.com/china-gas-giant-finds-new-oifield-south-china-sea-1877155

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The has signed or entered discussions over new with at least 18 countries since a Chinese coast guard vessel flashed a military-grade laser at a Philippine coast guard ship in the last year, according to the Philippine Defense Department.

Philippines strikes security deals as tensions rise with at sea
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/03/09/philippines-south-china-sea-security/

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A total of 126 reservists – all of whom are or local residents of – would attend the graduation ceremony in town on Saturday, March 9, according to the Naval Forces Northern Luzon which is under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command.

to deploy over 100 naval reservists in Batanes
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/227198/philippines-to-deploy-over-100-naval-reservists-to-batanes

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Exactly why the (with our many islands) & want it 👇

The came about as a result of 's program from the 1970s. Bas 90 required aircraft that could be quickly scrambled from such small, scattered, makeshift bases, making it much harder for an enemy to destroy Sweden's air force quickly.

Incredible Features Of The Saab Jas 39 Gripen: Sweden's Greatest Fighter Jet
https://www.slashgear.com/1327341/swedens-greatest-fighter-jet-saab-jas-39-gripen/

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I stumbled upon the Reddit discussion below & translated the quoted Swedish article on the SEK 11.74B (krona)/ USD 1.13B/PHP 63B (peso) recent arms sale to a "secret country".

The amount roughly matches what the budgeted for the (s) so I think it's us.

Doubt it's Hungary(no need for secrecy) or Ukraine (it's a sale, not a donation)

Reddit link: https://www.reddit.com/r/NonCredibleDefense/comments/1bc5cun/sweden_sold_weapons_to_a_secret_country_the_day/?rdt=48581

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The incident happened Thursday near , several kilometres from the Philippine-held in the contested .

The Filipino scientific team spent four hours at two reefs and was able to complete its mission, despite the presence of Chinese vessels and a Chinese military helicopter circling overhead.

accuses Chinese vessel of trying to block scientists
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/philippine-coast-guard-accuses-chinese-vessel-of-trying-to-block-scientists/ar-BB1kkMJy?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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The Philippine military said the Saturday morning confrontation lasted for nearly an hour and took place as it sought to resupply a small garrison of sailors on board the sunken off .

accuses of new water cannon attacks in
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/3/23/philippines-accuses-china-of-new-water-cannon-attacks-in-south-china-sea

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While the and the have conducted joint patrols previously, this will be the first time ’s navy has joined with them in doing so — a show of force designed to show its belligerence won’t be tolerated.

US-Japan-Philippines plan joint naval patrols
https://www.politico.com/news/2024/03/29/us-japan-philippines-plan-joint-south-china-sea-naval-patrols-00149797

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Under , the National Coast Watch Council (NCWC) was renamed and reorganized into the () chaired by Executive Secretary .The NMC will formulate and issue guidelines for the effective implementation of EO 57 within 60 days from its effectivity.

What is EO 57, which bolsters PH amid 's bullying?
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/things-to-know-executive-order-57-bolster-country-maritime-security-china-bullying/

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The , the , , and will hold a “maritime cooperative activity” () in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone () on Sunday, April 7, “in support of a free and open ,” their defense ministers said in a joint statement.

The MCA will precede a among the Philippines, US, and Japan, which will discuss recent incidents in the .

https://www.rappler.com/philippines/united-states-japan-australia-maritime-cooperative-activity-april-7-2024/

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has blasted President 's upcoming summit with two key Pacific allies as an attempt to "cobble together exclusive groups" and inflame regional tensions.

The remark came days before U.S. President Joe Biden hosts Japanese Prime Minister and Philippine President . in the countries' first trilateral summit.

Protests After Rallies Allies in
https://www.newsweek.com/china-protests-after-us-rallies-allies-south-china-sea-1888283

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This is huge, and it's probably going to pass with strong bipartisan support.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On the eve of a between the , and the , two prominent U.S. senators on Wednesday introduced a bipartisan bill to provide Manila with $2.5 billion to boost its defenses against Chinese pressure.

Bipartisan US bill seeks $2.5 billion for Philippines defense
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/bipartisan-us-bill-seeks-2-5-billion-for-philippines-defense/ar-BB1lq2zh?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01

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The summit also will deal with important new infrastructure projects known as the #PGILuzon corridor.The first-ever #PGI corridor in the #IndoPacific will connect #SubicBay, #Clark, #Manila and #Batangas in the Philippines to accelerate coordinated investments in #ports, #rail, #CleanEnergy, #semiconductors, and #SupplyChains. #Japan

President #JoeBiden hosts #TrilateralSummit with #Philippines, Japanese leaders
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2024/04/11/trilateral-summit-Japan-Philippines/9191712840415/

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Unlike in Japan's neighbor , where U.S. and South Korean troops can operate under a unified command of a four-star general, U.S. air, land and sea forces in Japan are currently subordinate to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Washington will now consider appointing a four-star commander in Japan, laying the groundwork for a future unified Japanese-U.S. command.

What - defense shakeup involves and why
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/explainer-what-us-japan-defense-shakeup-involves-and-why/ar-BB1lpPZA?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds&PC=EMMX01
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Rappler's updates on the here:

LIVE UPDATES: Marcos at the 1st US-Philippines-Japan trilateral summit
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/updates-marcos-jr-philippines-united-states-japan-trilateral-summit-april-2024/

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"’s frequent tactic is to try to isolate the target of its pressure campaigns, but the April 11 trilateral signals clearly that the is not alone,” said Daniel Russel, who served as the top US diplomat for under former President .

warns on Beijing's moves in - summit
https://www.rappler.com/world/asia-pacific/biden-warn-beijing-south-china-sea-moves-philippines-japan-summit/

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Japanese Prime Minister , US President , and Philippines President . unveiled a wide range of agreements to enhance and ties during meetings held at the White House this week.

LIST: , , strike deals on , at leaders' summit
https://www.rappler.com/world/asia-pacific/united-states-japan-philippines-deals-trilateral-leaders-summit-april-2024/

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The divides the and Chinese mainland, while the is located between and .

The two bodies of water have been the setting of China’s growing aggressive maritime actions.

, , express ‘serious concern’ over China actions in ,
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/united-states-japan-manila-serious-concern-china-ayungin-shoal-senkaku-islands/

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’s silence over the issue amid the administration’s strong condemnation of a series of Chinese actions in the has further fueled the observed split of the , the 2022 election coalition that led the Marcos-Duterte tandem to victory.

Marcos defends ’s silence on aggression in
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/marcos-defends-sara-duterte-silence-china-aggression-sea-dispute/

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A second reliable source cites the same number of MRFs to be purchased and the same two primary candidates - Sweden's & the US . This is the first one that mentions 's which is technically a Light Combat Aircraft or (like our FA-50), it's not an .

The news is supposed to be officially announced soon.

Eyes Acquisition of 40 New Multirole Fighters, F16, Gripen and LCA-Tejas in Race
https://idrw.org/philippines-eyes-acquisition-of-40-new-multirole-fighters-f-16-gripen-and-lca-tejas-in-race/#more-338026

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The annual (“shoulder-to-shoulder”) drills will involve 16,700 soldiers simulating retaking enemy-occupied islands in areas facing and the .

The military exercises will be the first to be held outside ’ territorial waters, and come amid a rise in tensions in the South China Sea.

sounds warning after Philippines and announce most expansive military drills yet
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/18/china-warning-balikatan-exercise-2024-philippines-us-military-drills

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The is taking delivery of the anti-ship missile systems at a time when tensions between them and have escalated owing to frequent clashes in the . The three batteries of the missile system would be deployed by the Philippines in their coastal areas to guard against any threat in the region.

Watch: BrahMos Cruise Missile Delivered To Philippines - A 1st For
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/watch-brahmos-cruise-missile-delivered-to-philippines-a-1st-for-india-5477274

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The supersonic missile is the product of a joint venture between & , with a 50.5% Indian and 49.5% Russian partnership. This means Russia had a major say in approving it's sale to the .

Ironically, in a worst case scenario, the BrahMos could end up embedded in a Chinese warship 🤷🏻‍♂️

India-Russia joint venture hopes for $5 bln in supersonic missile exports by 2025
https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/india-russia-joint-venture-hopes-5-bln-supersonic-missile-exports-by-2025-2022-10-18/

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The first batch of the of ’s supersonic arrived in the on Friday. From bolstering relations with to sending a positive signal to other potential buyers, here’s why this development is crucial.

India delivers first batch of BrahMos missiles and launchers to Philippines: Why this is a big deal
https://www.firstpost.com/explainers/brahmos-missile-system-export-delivery-philippines-significance-13761341.html

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To wrap this minithread up, the sole reason why the is even considering acquiring the is that the Brahmos-NG (New Generation) is coming soon. Among the improvements is a substantial decrease in weight which enables a light combat aircraft () like the to carry two of them.

The , and don't have operational supersonic cruise missiles so the / / can't give us that capability.

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Nearly 17,000 Filipino and American troops will begin a three-week joint combat training exercise in the #Philippines on Monday involving #MaritimeDrills in the #SouthChinaSea where #Manila and #Beijing have sparred over #MaritimeBorders.

#France and #Australia will join the maritime exercises to be conducted for the first time outside Philippine territorial waters. #Balikatan2024 #WestPHSea

Philippines, #US troops begin annual combat drills
https://www.reuters.com/world/philippines-us-troops-begin-annual-combat-drills-2024-04-22/

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At a naval conference in on Monday, , vice-chairman of the , said the sea should not be an arena in which countries can flex their “gunboat muscles”.

Beijing repeatedly says it pursues dialogue to resolve maritime disputes in the , but makes clear this is largely on its own terms.

Beijing warns against flexing of ‘gunboat muscles’ as and begin military drills
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/apr/22/us-philippines-military-drills-balikatan

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For the first time ever, the will be part of the yearly drills, for a multilateral maritime exercise off the coast of , in the .

reporter previews what will be happening in the comings weeks, and why it matters as tensions in the heat up.

Rappler Recap: PH, US troops flex ability to work together in 'most ambitious' Balikatan
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/recap-united-states-troops-flex-ability-work-together-balikatan-2024/

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, – The navies of the , , and will sail together in the by end-April, as part of the 2024 Exercise . The joint exercises will be hosted in four provinces that are critical to regional security in the and .

View from Manila: West Philippine Sea part of 'most ambitious, complicated' war games
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/view-from-manila-balikatan-war-games-west-sea/

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According to the Armed Forces of the , the three of the People’s Liberation Army Navy were seen on Monday in the vicinity of Island, about 500 km west of , and and Islands, which are about 300 kilometers west of the province.

spots 124 vessels around WPS ahead of ‘Balikatan’
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/233110/afp-spots-124-china-vessels-around-wps-ahead-of-balikatan

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Half of our FA50 fighter fleet, this must mean the new fighter jets are coming in soon since we'll be expected to keep this up yearly.

In a press conference, PAF spokesperson Colonel Ma. Consuelo Castillo said four to six aircraft and around 150 personnel will be deployed as the country's contingent to in .

to send aircraft to international exercise for first time
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The activity, which is part of the war games, will see the navies of , , and conduct various drills, including exercises and maritime .

This comes as a substantial increase in the number of Chinese vessels was monitored in the .

, , start joint patrols in
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/233383/philippines-us-france-start-joint-patrols-in-west-ph-sea

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There has been relative calm in the since the - summit, after a period of high tension in which Chinese warships and planes would regularly approach . At the same time however, there has been increasing friction in the between and neighbouring countries, particularly the , a ally.

China foreign minister tells relations with the US could slip into ‘downward spiral’
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/26/antony-blinken-beijing-visiit-china-us-relations-foreign-minister-wang-yi

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Been waiting for to cover this.

The aren’t the only mid-range missile systems on Philippine soil in April 2024.

In mid-April, the ’ 1st Multi-Domain Task Force deployed the Mid-Range Capability (MRC) missile system to Northern for military exercises.

-made BrahMos missiles are finally in the
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/india-russia-made-brahmos-missiles-april-2024/

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The and , landing ship , and will be spending five days at sea for communications exercises, cross-deck landing, division tactics, photo exercise, and maritime search and rescue drills.

IN PHOTOS: PH, US, French navies hold maritime drills during
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/photos-united-states-french-navies-maritime-exercise-balikatan-2024/

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The is the second unit of the four long-range surveillance radars from , three of them are fixed, ordered by the Department of National Defense under a P5.5-billion government-to-government deal.

In December last year, the received the first fixed radar installed at the in City in .

to get next week it's second new radar system
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/233535/ph-to-get-next-week-new-radar-system

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, based on the report, budgeted over $296 billion for its military in 2023, a 6% increase from its spending the year prior. The figure represents 12% of the world’s military expenditures and over 50% of the and region.The figures are estimates of , as ’s publicly declared military budget is much lower.

Study: China's military expenses driving up other Asian countries' spending, too
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/study-china-military-expenses-driving-up-asian-countries-spending/

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’s TPS-P14ME or a mobile-type long-range air surveillance radar is now in in .

Manufactured by Electric Corporation, the provides high-resolution surveillance of air and surface targets like , , and , according to the (PAF).

New mobile radar system from Japan arrives in
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/233806/new-mobile-radar-system-from-japan-arrives-in-philippines

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Old article on the arrival of the first of 3 static radars from . We were wide open before then.

The , a former US air base in (), has been without any capability to detect intrusions since 2015 after it retired its -made air surveillance radars that had been in use since the 1950 - until now.

acquires Japan-built radar system to bolster defense
https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/546638/ph-acquires-japan-built-radar-system-to-bolster-wps-defense

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#MANILA, #Philippines – The China Coast Guard on Tuesday, April 30, used water cannons against two Philippine vessels in #BajoDeMasinloc (#ScarboroughShoal), a feature some 100 nautical miles off the coast off the coast Zambales.

#PCG reports damage after #China uses #WaterCannons in Bajo de Masinloc
https://www.rappler.com/philippines/coast-guard-ship-damaged-china-water-cannons-scarborough-shoal/

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The defense chief’s remarks come as three Chinese coast guard ships fired water cannons at two Philippine vessels near on Tuesday in yet another example of ’s game plan to counter the ’ growing assertiveness in the disputed waters.

Philippines Weighs New Strategy to Counter China’s Sea Actions
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-30/philippines-weighs-new-strategy-to-counter-china-s-sea-actions