Philippine authorities found themselves on the back foot yesterday, after both China and Taiwan reacted harshly to the renaming of the South China Sea.
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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.
Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, the Chief of staff of the Philippine Armed Forces (AFP) claimed today that the situation in and around the disputed territory of Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island / Panatag Shoal) is showing signs of improvement.