MTRCB: ‘Abominable’ off Philippine theaters since Tuesday

MTRCB: ‘Abominable’ off Philippine theaters since Tuesday MANILA, Philippines — Due to a controversial scene depicting China’s disproven territorial claim, DreamWorks film “Abominable” has been pulled out of Philippine cinemas since Tuesday, the Movie and Tele­vision Review and Classification Board said in a statement sent to Pilipino Star Ngayon Thursday. “MTRCB understands the situation brought about by the movie ‘Abominable. We wish to assure the public that the said movie is already off the Philippine market effective October 15, 2019,” chair Rachel Arenas said. The said map shown in…

US, Philippine, Japanese forces conduct maneuvers

BEIJING — Here’s your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. US, PHILIPPINES, JAPANESE FORCES IN AMPHIBIOUS DRILLS More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, are holding annual combat exercises aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and…

New Philippine Military Chief Expects No ‘Shooting War’ Over South China Sea

The Philippine military backs diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea, the new commander of the armed forces said Thursday, casting doubt that war would break out despite Chinese forays into contested waters. While troops are expected to secure or defend Philippine sovereignty, “war is not a primary instrument in resolving international conflict,” Lt. Gen. Noel Clement told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Manila. “We support the government’s strategy in resolving this conflict through peaceful and diplomatic means, so as to…

Building from Scratch: Rebirth of the Philippine Navy

In many respects, the navy that the Philippines is now building is a new one. By the 1990s, its old navy had fallen into such a state of obsolescence that it had no ships capable of fighting a modern naval battle. Indeed, with the exception of a single World War II-era destroyer escort, the navy had no vessel bigger than a 62-meter offshore patrol boat. But in the coming years, the Philippine navy will for the first time acquire the full spectrum of contemporary anti-air, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and electronic warfare…

American troops begin annual military exercise with Philippine, Japan forces

SUBIC, Philippines — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region “free and open.” The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, opened at Subic Freeport, a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila. They will also include humanitarian work in six northern Philippine provinces. China has often branded military exercises involving the U.S. and its allies,…

US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

SUBIC, Philippines — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region “free and open.” The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, opened at Subic Freeport, a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila. They will also include humanitarian work in six northern Philippine provinces. China has often branded military exercises involving the U.S. and its allies,…

Putin’s Meeting with Philippine President Signals Bigger, Trickier Russian Role in Disputed South China Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting this week with Vladimir Putin in Russia signals Moscow’s interest in playing a tricky but persuasive role in the South China Sea maritime sovereignty dispute now dominated by China and the United States, specialists in the region say. Duterte is visiting Russia October 1-5, partly to speak with Putin about increasing security and defense cooperation, the Philippine presidential office website says. Duterte toured Vnukovo Military Base Airport in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia might offer to sell arms to the Philippines, experts say, having sold…