China opens new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines – China has opened two new new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea, on artificial islands that used to be submerged reefs and are claimed as territory by the Philippines. The Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) officially launched research centers on Zamora (Subi) Reef and Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, according to a report by the…

US Navy Fires Missiles in Philippine Sea Sending Message to Beijing

The US Navy launched live–fire missiles in the Philippine Sea last week, in what is seen as a direct message to China. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, according to the US Seventh Fleet’s Facebook page. The exercise took place in waters east of the Philippines. According to the South China Morning Post, the destroyer was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh which also fired an SM-2 missile. The Post spoke with military analysts who believe the exercise was meant to be a warning to…

U.S. Navy Launches Live-Fire Missiles in Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy launched live-fire missile tests in the Philippine Sea, it revealed this week, to warn China that the U.S. remains ready to intercept new Chinese missiles, military analysts said. The drill took place in the waters east of the Philippines – pertaining to the highly contested South China Sea, claimed almost entirely by China – on Thursday, according to the U.S. Seventh Fleet’s Facebook page. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh, which also launched an SM-2 during…

Philippine president orders virus lockdown of capital

Issued on: 12/03/2020 – 17:54Modified: 12/03/2020 – 17:46 Manila (AFP) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans Thursday for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in Manila’s densely packed neighbourhoods. During a nationally televised address, Duterte also announced a month of school closures, ban…

Philippine president orders virus lockdown of capital – SE Asia

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans Thursday for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in Manila’s densely packed neighbourhoods.  During a nationally televised address, Duterte also announced a month of school closures, ban on mass gatherings and a prohibition on the entry of…

Philippine president orders coronavirus lockdown of Manila

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans on Thursday (Mar 12) for a sweeping lockdown of the capital’s 12 million people, including a halt to domestic travel, in a bid to contain the deadly new coronavirus. Though the nation has detected a fraction of the cases seen in hotspots such as China and Italy, officials hope to arrest the spread before it takes firm root in Manila’s densely packed neighbourhoods. Advertisement Advertisement READ: Italy shuts stores across country to fight coronavirus During a nationally televised address, Duterte also announced a month…

PH hits China, Malaysia claims in West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINE WATERS. A Philippine flag is flown in a boat off the waters near the coast of Occidental Mindoro in the West Philippine Sea. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to assert the country’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs quietly filed diplomatic notes at the United Nations (UN) asserting its claims in the maritime area. The Philippines’ Permanent Mission to the UN in New York filed two diplomatic notes against China and Malaysia on Friday, March…

Philippine Leader Rejects Calls to Reverse Stance on Military Pact with US

Basilio Sepe and Mark NavalesManila and Cotabato, Philippines2020-03-10 Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has refused to reverse his stance on the termination of the decades-old bilateral visiting forces agreement with Washington, brushing aside a move by several senators including his allies to challenge his decision before the Supreme Court. Duterte made the statement a month after the Philippines formally relayed to Washington that Manila was withdrawing from the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), despite tensions in the disputed South China Sea and a security threat from Islamic State-linked extremists in the…

PH inviting China to seize West Philippine Sea with VFA’s end

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) — The end of the Visiting Forces Agreement can mark the start of China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea, a former Supreme Court justice knowledgeable of the maritime dispute warned on Friday. Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in a media forum explained that the VFA, a two-decade-old treaty with the US, is the only legal basis for the presence of American soldiers in the country. Without the VFA, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement – which allows the US military to preposition…

Let’s talk about the U.S. Navy Poseidon lased by Chinese destroyer during a routine patrol in the Philippine Sea

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon was hit by a weapons-grade laser during a routine patrol above international waters on February 17, 2020. The incident happened in the Philippine Sea approximately 380 miles west of Guam, where it was targeted by the laser belonging to a People’s Liberation Army Navy’s destroyer with hull number 161, according to the official statement, which should be the Type 052D Destroyer “Hohhot”. The laser was not visible to the naked-eye and was detected by the Poseidon’s sensors. The P-8A, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 45…