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Ousted PH Navy chief wanted 'proven technology' for warships

Jan 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

On January 4, 2017, then Philippine Navy chief vice admiral Ronald Mercado wrote Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to reject plans to install the Combat Management System of Hanwha Systems in Philippine warships. A week later, Lorenzana is handed a Hanwha white paper in Malacañang.

PH NAVY CHIEF. Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado leaves his post months ahead of his scheduled retirement. Rappler photo

Noises detected in Argentine sub search disappoint

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:02 AM

A total of 14 vessels and 10 aircraft are helping search for the submarine, missing since November 15

STILL WAITING. Military personnel lower the Argentine national flag during sunset at 'Arquitecto Mariani' small square in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 20, 2017.  Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Rescuers battle waves, wind in hunt for missing Argentine sub

Nov 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

An air and sea search is under way with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay

WAITING. Banners and Argentine flags with message in support of submarine crew members are displayed outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 19, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Coast Guard outpost eyed off Cagayan to secure Philippine Rise

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The proposed project will be the Philippine Coast Guard's main outpost for monitoring activities at Philippine Rise, which extends from Santa Ana town in Cagayan up to Aurora province

BENHAM RISE. Researchers explore Benham Rise, an underwater mass off the coast of Aurora. Photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

PH, U.S. navies complete patrol in Sulu Sea

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The joint patrol is upon the invitation of the Philippine government and comes amid the clashes between government troops and local terrorists in Marawi City

PATROL. Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) drive an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat to Philippine Navy ship Ramon Alcaraz (FF 16) for personnel transfer. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis

WATCH: Speeches at the Navy-sponsored forum on maritime security

May 10, 2017 - 11:48 PM

Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado professors Aileen Baviera and Charmaine Willoughby of PH Shafiah Fifi Muhibat of Singapore Carlyle Thayer of Australia

SC's Carpio: Philippines can't have VFA with China

May 10, 2017 - 2:50 PM

It s difficult to have a VFA with a country claiming your territory For me it is common sense says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defense ties amid China challenge

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:18 PM

Japan will actively encourage cooperation on maritime security and encourage the development of the remote islands of Indonesia

BILATERAL TIES. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) chat during their meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor on January 15, 2017. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

PH patrol ship BRP Malabrigo ready for deployment

Dec 22, 2016 - 5:50 PM

BRP Malabrigo is commissioned to the Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday December 22

Photo by DOTr Media

Australia, Indonesia mull joint South China Sea patrols

Nov 01, 2016 - 7:56 AM

The possibility was raised by Jakarta during meetings between Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne and Indonesian officials including Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu last week

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in London on September 9, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Southeast Asia now biggest piracy hotspot – report

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:04 PM

The Philippine based bandit group Abu Sayyaf is instrumental in a number of these attacks in 2015 the International Maritime Bureau reports

Philippines seeks joint patrols with US in South China Sea

Jan 14, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The remarks come after the Philippine s Supreme Court upholds a 10 year security agreement opening the door for the US to operate more troops and equipment out of the Southeast Asian archipelago

JOINT PATROLS? Philippine Navy warship Apolinario Mabini (PS 36), one of the remaining old ships patrolling the South China sea, enters port of Manila, Philippines, 12 december 2015. File Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Obama deepens ASEAN-US ties as sea row escalates

Nov 22, 2015 - 8:08 AM

At a summit in Kuala Lumpur Obama repeats his call for China to stop reclamation and forges a partnership with ASEAN on areas like maritime security

STRONGER TIES. US President Barack Obama poses with ASEAN leaders during the ASEAN-US Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21, 2015. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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Obama to China: Halt reclamation in South China Sea

Nov 18, 2015 - 1:22 PM

UPDATED In a bilateral meeting Aquino and Obama agree on bold steps to ease tensions in the South China Sea

US pledges $259M to SE Asian allies for maritime security

Nov 17, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The United States will commit 119 million this financial year with another 140 million earmarked for the following 12 months The Philippines will get the most support

SUPPORT FOR ALLIES. US President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival at the international airport to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila on November 17, 2015. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

#AnimatED: China’s reclamation in Spratlys needs ASEAN response

Apr 27, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Our giant neighbor is literally digging in while expanding its ground in the South China Sea dispute

Japan, PH renew vow to strengthen maritime security cooperation

Feb 01, 2015 - 4:17 PM

The two countries also aim for strengthened cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief HADR and defense equipment and technology

ALLIES: Philippines and Japan strengthen cooperation on security issues

Pirates kill crew member of Vietnamese tanker off Malaysia

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:31 PM

The 16 crew tanker was carrying asphalt from Singapore to Vietnam when pirates stormed the vessel on December 7 near Aur island off southern Johor state authorities say

Singapore to deploy massive surveillance balloon

Oct 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

The helium filled aerostat will be equipped with radar equipment that can spot threats from as far as 200 kilometers

Vietnam groups call for more anti-China protests

May 17, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Vietnamese authorities warn they would resolutely prevent any further outbursts

PH sets up Nat'l Coast Watch Center to deter intrusions

May 01, 2014 - 7:45 PM

The Philippines will also set up radar stations It is looking at areas in Palawan – El Nido Rizal and Sabang – as possible stations for the radar system

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

US gives $40M to boost PH security

Dec 17, 2013 - 9:07 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry says his country wants to improve the Philippines maritime security

China starts construction in Panatag

Sep 03, 2013 - 1:58 PM

China has concrete blocks in Panatag Scarborough an obvious prelude to construction defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says

CONCRETE BLOCKS: Philippine Navy spots concrete blocks that are prelude to construction

'Maritime security still issue in Southeast Asia'

Nov 17, 2012 - 8:27 PM

Territorial disputes over the South China Sea are expected to dominate discussions during the 21st ASEAN summit

DISPUTED. This territory west of the Philippines is claimed by six countries

PH pushes sea row at Asia-Europe meeting

Nov 05, 2012 - 5:20 PM

President Benigno Aquino III raised the issue in bilateral meetings with EU leaders

Aquino speaks to the Filipino community in Laos on Sunday, November 4. Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH hosts ASEAN Maritime Security Forum

Oct 03, 2012 - 4:32 PM

The Philippines hosts the 3rd ASEAN Maritime Forum to promote maritime security and cooperation among members countries

MARITIME SECURITY FOR ASEAN. Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his speech. Screen grab from video footage by Carlos Santamaria

US to help build PH Coast Watch

Jun 09, 2012 - 3:09 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces aid for Philippine maritime security during a luncheon for President Benigno Aquino III