Provide your email for confirmation

Tell us a bit about yourself

country *

Please provide your email address

welcome to Rappler

Login

To share your thoughts

Don't have an account?

Login with email

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue signing in. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Use password?

Login with email

Reset password?

Please use the email you used to register and we will send you a link to reset your password

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue resetting your password. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Sign up

Ready to get started

Already have an account?

Sign up with email

By signing up you agree to Rappler’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue registering. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Join Rappler+

Join Move

How often would you like to pay?

Annual Subscription

Monthly Subscription

Your payment was interrupted

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

Your payment didn’t go through

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

welcome to Rappler+

welcome to Move

welcome to Move & Rappler+

NSA: South China Sea row biggest security threat for PH

The defense and military establishment called for bigger funding for the military modernization.

Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang said they want at least 1% of the annual budget to finance modernization. Based on the 2015 budget, 1% means about P26 billion a year. 

"That should be the benchmark....Capability cannot be developed overnight. It's not like going to Shoemart and buying new shoes. It takes time," Catapang said.

He added, "We do not have the luxury of time."

Garcia said it's time to free the AFP from its internal security obligations – communist insurgency and terrorism, among others – so it can focus on external defense. The readiness of the police to take on these responsibilities should be fast-tracked, he said.

"More than ever, it is very imperative to transition the Armed Forces from its domestic security focus towards an external or territorial defense role as rapidly as possible," Garcia said.

The Philippines filed an international arbitration case against China's aggression in the South China Sea, citing the country's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The Senate hearing comes a a couple of months before a scheduled arbitration hearing scheduled in July, where the Philippines will affirm its case against China.  – Rappler.com