AFP’s chief administrator is new commander of WesCom » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 26, 2020, 3:22 PM By Martin Sadongdong Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria on May 26, Tuesday, relinquished his post as The Deputy Chief of Staff (TDCS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as he is set to take on a new role as the commander of the Western Command (WesCom). Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN) General Felimon Santos Jr., AFP Chief of Staff, presided over the Change of Chief Office ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City with Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim, erstwhile…

PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island – The Manila Times

A Philippine Navy ship made history when it docked at the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island to drop off soldiers. Commo. Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West, said BRP Ivatan (LC298) docked at a “newly constructed” port on May 13 at Pag-asa Island, one of Manila’s occupied features at the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Group of Islands). The ship sailed to the island as part of its mission to bring fresh troops and provisions for the Philippine detachments at the West Philippine Sea. BRP Ivatan also made its rounds at the detachments located at Rizal (Commodore) Reef, Patag…

PH Navy makes historic ship docking on Pag-asa island » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 19, 2020, 4:28 PM By Martin Sasdongdong BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft, has made a historic dock at the nearly-completed port of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG or Spratly Islands)—making it the first ever Philippine Navy (PN) vessel that berthed on the Philippine-occupied island located in the West Philippine Sea, the military revealed on May 19, Tuesday. (PH Navy/Naval Forces West) Commodore Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West (NFW), said the docking of BRP Ivatan on Pagasa Island happened last May 13…

Navy vows more patrols in WPS – The Manila Times

The Philippine Navy will continue to patrol territorial waters, especially the highly volatile West Philippine Sea (WPS) to provide a reassuring presence to Filipino fishermen. The Navy feels that the patrols are one way to encourage the fishermen to continue fishing in waters where Chinese ships have shown aggressive behavior, Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, the Navy’s flag officer in command said. The patrols will cover the exclusive economic zones of Manila in the West Philippine Sea. Bacordo also said the Navy would continue to rotate and replenish personnel in…

Grossly misinterpreting ‘Isang Dagat’ – Manila Standard

“Those who object to the song show only their ignorance.”     There is now a brouhaha of protest over the song “Isang Dagat” composed by the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Huang Xilian. The song was dedicated to the Filipino people to help ease the suffering they now experience, and to reemphasize that the sea that sets us apart is one, that we in Asia are living in one planet, sharing a common future. The song was simple and should not have been interpreted to create…

Philippines Condemns Chinas Move To Establish New Districts In South China Sea – Manila

The Philippines protested China’s move to establish new districts under its jurisdiction in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Thursday MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 30th April, 2020) The Philippines protested China‘s move to establish new districts under its jurisdiction in the disputed South China Sea, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Earlier in April, China announced the creation of two districts in the South China Sea under the jurisdiction of China‘s Sansha city in the Hainan province. These districts include Spratly island…

Manila Downplays Chinese Laser-Gun Incident in South China Sea

The Philippines’ defense chief on Tuesday downplayed Beijing’s latest aggressive move in the South China Sea, saying it appeared that Chinese sailors had no real intention of hurting Filipinos when they pointed a laser gun at a Philippine navy ship. Although the Chinese move was seen as aggressive, it likely was meant to enforce their presence in the disputed sea region, which is claimed by China, the Philippines and other countries, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. “I don’t think they have an intention to harm our men with this latest…

New South China Sea tensions rattle Manila and Hanoi amid pandemic

MANILA — While sailing toward the Philippine-occupied Commodore Reef in the South China Sea, a Philippine Navy vessel spotted a gray ship and made radio contact. The response was blunt. “The Chinese government has immutable sovereignty over the South China Sea, its islands and its adjacent waters.” The gray ship belonging China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy directed its fire control radar at the Philippine vessel, indicating “hostile intent,” according to the Philippine Navy. The encounter, which ended peacefully and was belatedly disclosed by the Philippine government on Thursday, took place…

Hontiveros haunts and Trump trumps – The Manila Times

WHENEVER I try to remember anything about Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros, what inevitably comes to mind is the “holding hands” scandal she had with another senator, Francis Pangilinan, a couple of years ago. Here’s how the inquirer.net carried the story on May 11, 2017: “Was Sharon Cuneta’s sudden departure to the United States brought about by marital problems with husband Sen. Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan? “The megastar recently shocked her fans when she flew alone to the US to have a much-needed respite from her overwhelming professional commitments. “However, rumors…

Ex-DFA chief urges govt protest on China’s new districts in South China Sea – The Manila Times

FORMER Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario has urged the Philippine government to lodge a diplomatic protest against China after it established two new districts at the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Del Rosario’s statement was in response to a report by the Chinese government-run China Global Television Network (CGTN) which quoted the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs as saying that Paracel (Chinese name: Xisha) and the Spratly (Chinese name: Nansha) districts were created and would be under Beijing. One of the territories covered is the Fiery Cross…