Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) official spokesman said today that the AFP is ready to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in protecting the nation’s sovereignty along the disputed Spratlys Islands.
The Philippine authorities informed the media today that they will withdraw their complaints against Chinese territorial aggression, after a Chinese vessel was pulled out of the disputed South China Sea Island.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Albert del Rosario claimed that China is trying to intimidate Philippines by threatening it with the use of force.
Sources within the Philippine Navy (PN) claimed today that three Chinese government ships remain in the disputed Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal area, despite the recent Philippine naval pullback.
The Philippine defence authorities today confirmed that the country has signed an agreement with Japan for greater defence co-operation, for a period of 5 years.
The Philippine army announced today that a total of 13 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in two separate incidents last week.