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AFP ‘doing its best’ to make sure PHL territories are protected

Published May 15, 2018 8:28am By MARLLY ROME BONDOC, GMA News The Armed Forces of the Philippines said it is “doing its best” to ensure that our country’s territories are protected amid Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. AFP chief of staff General Carlito Galvez said the military is “coordinating with its counterparts” and “validating” reports that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three outposts in the South China Sea.

Galvez, however, refused to divulge what were the particular efforts of the AFP saying that it is an “operational matter.”

“Ang ginagawa natin ngayon, we cannot say, this is already an operational matter, but rest assured that the Armed Forces is doing its best to really assure that our territory are ours, are being protected,” Galvez said in a press briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday.

“In fact, we deployed one marine battalion to the north to really help us protect our sovereignty there and our rights over the seas,” he added.

Military jamming equipment were also reported to have been installed on Mischief Reef (Panganiban Reef).

The Philippines has been lagging behind other countries in the "occupied areas" and in the reef-building activities in the contested West Philippine Sea, as photos from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative displayed how China now occupied larger territories which had ports and piers, and were equipped with military weaponry.

The photos also showed that there were no significant changes in the territories occupied by the Philippines, especially in Pag-asa Island and its runway.


Source: Gmanews

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