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**Kalayaan Island (Spratly) / West Philippine Sea - AFP

  • if the fa 50's cant reach the area then thats a legit concern

    FA50 has a max range of P1,150M (1,3213NM). Pag-asa island is approx 280NM from Puerto Princesa. That means, the Spratly is well within FA50's range.
  • It's nice to know that the max range of the FA 50 is 1,3213 NM. Thanks for the info, sir.

    @Amalgated: What you've just said is a very very valid point. "Symbolic Defense," given our situation, we don't have much options to defend our legitimate EEZ. And showing our presence, even how minimal only , is a sign telling China that we are really serious in defending our sovereign territories. I think much emphasis must also be given to the modernization of our PCG. Sila talaga ang totoong sasabak sa mga white ships ng China at Taiwan.
  • Philippines sends top execs to South China Sea arbitration
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    The Philippine delegation includes (clockwise from top left) Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and former AFP Chief of Staff Manny Bautista.
    MANILA, Philippines - A high delegation of Filipino officials will attend next week the start of the oral arguments on the Philippines's arbitration case against China, Malacañang said Friday.

    In a press briefing, Deputy Presidential Abigail Valte revealed that top executives from the three government branches will fly to The Hague where a United Nations arbitral tribunal will open the arbitration court proceedings on the South China Sea dispute.

    Valte said the officials include Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

    Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. is now in The Hague to meet the Philippines's lawyers, Valte said. Palace Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista, the previous Armed Forces chief of staff, will also go there.

    Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who has been holding public lectures on the sea dispute, will also join the delegation along with Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza and Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

    Valte said sending a high-level delegation "clearly shows the support of government for the case" and that the arbitration initiated by the Philippines is a "country effort."

    "Really, a lot of the members of the delegation have something to contribute. These people have been part of the discussions on the dispute involving the West Philippine Sea and they would also like to see the progress of our complaint, our memorial before the tribunal," Valte said.

    She noted that next week, the arbitral tribunal will first decide whether it has jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippines.

    "If the tribunal does not have jurisdiction, then it ends there. Even if it may just be a jurisdictional issue, every step of the way, every forward step that we take is important for us," the Palace official said.

    The Philippines is questioning before the tribunal the excessive territorial claims of China, which has refused to participate in the proceedings while undertaking massive island-building activities in the Spratlys.

    China has repeatedly criticized the Philippines for initiating international arbitration instead of holding bilateral talks to resolve the sea dispute.

    On Thursday, China called the case filed by the Philippines a "political provocation," a claim denied by Malacañang.

    "The statement is expected given their position not to defend their actions before the tribunal," Valte said.

    "The Philippines believes that its filing is in line with our commitment to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner and one that follows and respects the rule of law," she added.

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  • Remember that our aim is not to win, its to put up a symbolic defense. At the cost of one of our pilot's lives, china shooting down one of our planes would gain us world sympathy and make the USA move in. That goes double for an un-provoked BVR attack by china. China knows that and will not shoot at us without good reason like a full scale war


    This was exactly my point during the Panatag Shoal stand-off. may I borrow some of your words just to make an emphasis.

    "..our aim is not to win, its to put up a symbolic defense. At the cost of some of our navy men's lives, china sinking down one of our ships would gain us world sympathy and make the USA move in. China knows that and will not shoot at us without good reason like a full scale war."

    I was so disappointed when our Govt. ordered our valiant navy to step down. I'm sure, the men of BRP GDP were also disappointed with that decision. They gained my respect coz we witnessed how adamant they were in defending that shoal despite the odds. Unfortunately, the Govt. just served Panatag Shoal to China on a silver platter.

    China was fully aware of our military capacity, but because of that scenario, they were also able to gauge our Govt's sincerity (political will) to defend our EEZ. This gave them more confidence to push through their plans in the spratly islands.
  • US can use military to defend international law
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    Vietnam PM seeks Japan support on sea dispute
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  • may natural gas daw sa Santiago Isabela

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  • Pag nanalo naman kaya tayo magmamatigas ang China Gov.

    Philippines expects to win South China Sea case: Official

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-expects-to/1960324.html

    -- edited by windows23 on Jul 05 2015, 03:04 PM

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