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MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to outgoing Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano on the country’s maritime security strategy.
One of the weakest militaries in Asia, the Philippines is facing various threats, including maritime disputes and natural disasters. The military has been barred from making statements on China but Alano discusses how external defense and modernization of navy assets and bases have become the new focus of the military that had been previously preoccupied with internal security issues – a problem now relegated to the police.
Alano also discusses the navy’s strategy that welcomes cooperation agreements with neighboring ASEAN countries and treaty allly US.
He is retiring as navy chief on May 1, 2014. He shares his biggest lessons, recalls the challenges, and leaves a message to his successor. – Rappler.com