Philippine Navy to buy corvettes, fast attack craft

Philippine Navy commissions first four units of amphibious assault vehicles from South Korea’s Hanwha Techwin in time for its 121st anniversary./ Philippine Navy SANGLEY, POINT, Philippines — The Philippine Navy will acquire new corvettes and fast craft as part of its modernization goals. Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said President Rodrigo Duterte recently approved the acquisition of two corvettes with an approved budget of P28 billion and eight fast attack craft/ interdiction craft missile with a budget of P10 billion. Speaking at the Navy’s 121st anniversary rites,…

Chinese Vessel Rams, Sinks Philippine Fishing Boat in Reed Bank

Philippine crew rescued by Vietnamese fishermen in disputed South China Sea waters. A Philippine fishing vessel was struck and sunk by a Chinese fishing vessel near the contested Reed Bank in the South China Sea on Sunday. The 22 crew members were then left to fend for themselves before being picked up by a Vietnamese fishing boat. They were ultimately recovered by the Philippine Navy. The Philippine fishing vessel Gimver 1 was anchored when it was struck by a vessel the crew described as being Chinese. The Philippine Coast Guard…

Beijing denies ‘hit-and-run’ against Philippine boat in South China Sea, International, Phnom Penh Post

Filipino fishermen on board the BRP Ramon Alcaraz on Occidental Mindoro. PHILIPPINE COASTGUARD/AFP Beijing confirmed on Saturday that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea, but denied claims it was a “hit and run”. The Chinese trawler sailed away after the incident on Sunday near Reed Bank that sank the fishing boat, sparking outrage from Philippine authorities and media. While President Rodrigo Duterte has largely set aside the once tense stand-off with China over the resource-rich…

Locsin calls West Philippine Sea a ‘juvenile’ name

‘That is how we lose territory, by dropping technical colonial names…and renaming them,’ says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr Published 6:27 PM, June 15, 2019 Updated 6:27 PM, June 15, 2019 TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a speech during the inauguration of the Chinese consulate general in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr on Saturday, June 15, criticized as “juvenile” the use of the name “West Philippine Sea” to refer to part of the…

Pacific News Minute: Chinese Fishing Vessel Rams & Sinks Philippine Boat In The South China Sea

Another incident in the South China Sea. Yesterday, the Philippines Secretary of Defense said that a Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Philippine boat, and then left 22 crewmen to “the mercy of the elements,” as he put it. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew.” A Vietnamese ship picked up the fishermen and returned them safely to shore. The incident happened near Reed Bank, which…

Sinking of Philippine Boat Puts South China Sea Back at Issue

MANILA — Tensions in the disputed South China Sea ratcheted up on Thursday as the Philippine government protested the sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese fishing vessel, which left 22 Filipino fishermen floating at sea before they were rescued by a Vietnamese boat. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, demanded that China investigate the Sunday collision and punish the crew of the Chinese boat, which the Philippine government said had intentionally struck the vessel, leaving the Filipino fishermen at the “mercy of the elements.” “Such an act of…

Philippine official seeks strong protest over boat sinking

Philippines defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana accused a suspected Chinese trawler of cowardly behaviour for abandoning the crew of a Philippines boat after a collision This picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of reefs in the disputed Spratly islands. Lorenzana said the foreign vessel hit the anchored Filipino boat near Recto Bank on June 9, and did not stop to help the local fishermen, whose boat sank. “This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people”. A Vietnamese boat rescued them. It is believed…

Skirmishes, standoffs, harassment in West Philippine Sea

1MATCH URL: https://assets.rappler.com/52004374E4054FB58B8F8C63D1F5560A/img/E83ABFB47D4147A69E648E3FE9C121BC/ph-coast-guard-may-14-2019.jpg Thank you for voting Hello! MANILA, Philippines – Untoward incidents are commonly reported in the West Philippine Sea before and after the Philippines won its case against China at The Hague. These incidents in the Philippines-China row that include harassment and standoffs, among others, typically don’t just target state authorities but also affect local fisherfolks. This timeline shows the various skirmishes, standoffs, and show of power that have happened in the West Philippine Sea since 2011. These incidents involved the Chinese Coast Guard, the Philippine Navy, and…

Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West PH Sea ‘collision’

(4th UPDATE) ‘We condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly action of the Chinese fishing vessel and its crew for abandoning the Filipino crew. This is not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Published 5:36 PM, June 12, 2019 Updated 6:30 PM, June 12, 2019 MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A Chinese vessel sank a Philippine vessel in a collision in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and left the 22 Filipino fishermen on that boat “to the mercy of the…

South China Sea: Philippine Coast Guard Spots PLAN Warship Off Scarborough Shoal

The warship was accompanied by China Coast Guard and maritime militia vessels. A Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy warship has been seen near Scarborough Shoal, a disputed feature in the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines and China. According to Cmd. Armand Balilo, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard, on Monday, a PLAN vessel was seen within 7 to 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal. Since a 2012 standoff between Beijing and Manila, China has maintained a constant presence at the disputed shoal, mainly in the form of…