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MANILA: China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

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China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Scarborough Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said yesterday.

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Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16302 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: CHINA OPPOSES US RESOLUTION ON MARITIME DISPUTES

BEIJING - China "strongly" opposes a US Senate resolution on disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the resolution places blame on the Chinese side without regard for history and fact, "sending the wrong message."

The US Senate approved the resolution on Monday, "reaffirming the strong support of the United States for the peaceful resolution of territorial, sovereignty and jurisdictional disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains."

The resolution puts pressure on China in regards to territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea.

The Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, as well as Huangyan Island in the South China Sea, are both part of China's territory and have been since ancient times. Due to historical factors, however, some of China's neighbors have disputed China's ownership of the islands.

Relations between China and Japan soured following the Japanese government's unilateral move to "nationalize" part of the Diaoyu Islands last September.

In the South China Sea, a Philippine warship entered waters off Huangyan Island with "protecting sovereignty" as an excuse to harass Chinese fishermen who were taking shelter in a lagoon during a storm in April 2012.

The Philippines also recently sent fresh troops and supplies to the Ren'ai Reef, where it grounded a warship illegally in 1999. Despite China's repeated requests that it tow the ship, the Philippines has failed to honor its commitment to do so, citing "technical problems."

However, Manila accused China of "encroaching on its territory" after Chinese maritime surveillance ships patrolled waters near the Ren'ai Reef.

The Chinese side is strongly opposed to the US Senate resolution and "has lodged solemn representations to the US side," Hua said.

"We urge relevant US senators to respect the facts and correct their mistakes so as not to make matters and the regional situation more complicated," she added.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16303 Aug 8, 2013
NYAHAHAHAHAHA.. don't cry China, just coz the US Senate scolded you for your illegal actions. LOL
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16304 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: LONG OVERLOOKED, THE FLOURISHING PHILIPPINES

Euromonitor International’s Singapore-based emerging market analyst Jason Wong says growth of the Philippines apparel market outpaced the market average of 7 percent for the Asia-Pacific region last year.“Its more dynamic growth is a result of the entry of numerous fast fashion brands. These include international brands such as Uniqlo, Cotton On and G-Star Raw. Existing brands such as Forever 21 and Liu Jo continue to expand their number of outlets in the Philippines. Internet retailing has also experienced a notable increase in apparel sales, especially after the entry of brands Zalora and Lazada,” he adds.

Wong’s upbeat outlook is shared by Sibal, who reports that, thanks to the country’s growing middle class, Bershka and Stradivarius have also opened in Manila, joining other well-established Spanish brands like Zara and Mango.

“This is the most exciting segment of the market,” she says.“And popular brands serving the middle classes are highly likely to be welcomed with enthusiasm. This, fuelled by the growing BPO (business process outsourcing) industry… and the increasing remittances from the 10 million OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) abroad are the main drivers for the current economic boom. Children of OFWs are image-driven and eager to show people their status has improved — thus the increased desire for branded and designer items.”

Following the second wave of upmarket malls which took root in Manila in the 2000s with the arrival of Rockwell Center’s Power Plant Mall and Greenbelt Malls in Makati, in the last few years development has concentrated around Fort Bonifacio High Street and the SM Aura Premier Mall in the Taguig district.

“Returning to Manila recently after being away for almost two years left me unprepared for the change in landscape,” recalls Sibal, who had been in Europe reformatting Spark for international distribution.“There were new buildings, malls, and whole shopping districts that emerged. There was a palpable feeling of vibrancy.”

Indeed, Adora’s Pineda believes that, despite being both overshadowed by its Asian neighbours and misunderstood by international players,“the Philippines has recently been increasingly on the radar of those in the fashion industry. I definitely believe that international perceptions about the country are changing…. After all, Asia is what’s driving the world economy and the Philippines is a part of that.”
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16305 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: The Philippines leads Asian countries that would continue to grow despite a slowing China, according to Standard & Poor's (S&P). S&P said China's slowdown is "the main risk factor" for Asia, as economic growth in some countries so far this year turned up less robust than earlier anticipated.

“For the year ahead, we see activity in China picking up only modestly under our base case, forecasting 2013 real GDP growth at 7.3 percent and remaining at that pace next year," said Andre Palmer, S&P credit analyst.“The more domestically-led Asean economies, headed by the Philippines and Indonesia, continue to outperform the more trade-dependent newly industrialized economies," said Palmer.

Consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of the Philippine economy, which grew the fastest at 7.8 percent in the first quarter across Asia.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16306 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: PHILIPPINE'S FUTURE HANGS IN THE BALANCE AT AYUNGIN SHOAL

Just recently Reuters news agency reported from Beijing that China condemned the Philippines’“illegal occupation” of the Ayungin Shoal as the Philippines routinely moved soldiers and supplies to the BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57), the grounded ship served as Philippine Marines outpost at Ayungin Shoal since 1999.

On March 14, 1988, the same dispute of so-called “illegal occupation” was dealt by China with military force. The sailors of the People’s Republic of Vietnam refused to take down their flag and leave the Johnson South Reef which China is claiming it owns. China’s four warships then pounded the reef with anti-aircraft guns directly shooting and killing lightly armed Vietnamese sailors. It was more of a slaughter than a gun battle which was recorded on video and shown all over China. You may still find the video on internet. Vietnam lost a couple of ships and about 77 sailors during the clash. China has effectively used brute military force combined with media propaganda and proactive diplomatic offensive to established legitimacy.

Not so long ago we lost Panganiban Reef also known as Mischief Reef, it seems like yesterday when we lost Panatag Shoal. Stakes are very high if we are going to lost Ayungin Shoal. Chinese paramilitary ships supported by naval ships are loitering within striking distance from Ayungin Shoal. These paramilitary ships had a nice inscriptions painted on its hull as "China Maritime Surveillance" but as we all know, this are actually harassment ships on the forefront of implementing expansionist claim. Soon these harassment ships will change its skins as coast guard but with the same gangster mission and tactics.

A detachment of Philippine marines and sailors guarding the Ayungin Shoal did a fine job. Their services are exemplary and their dedications are commendable. Ayungin Shoal is gateway to Recto Bank. If we lost Ayungin Shoal, Recto Bank will fall. Recto Bank holds the future of the Philippines.

Recto Bank also known as Reed Bank has no oil deposit but holds a large deposit of Gas and Natural Gas Liquid (NGL). Information from US Energy Information Agency and United States Geological Survey indicates with 95-percent assessment unit probability, Gas deposit of 4.609 Trillion cubic feet of gas and 260 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Another report indicates with 50-percent assessment unit probability, Gas deposit of 13.151 trillion cubic feet of gas and 756 million barrels of natural gas liquids at Recto Bank. This information is based on published reports dated June 2010 from United States Geological Survey (USGS) World Petroleum Resources Assessment Project.

Consider the value of this gas reserve in the world market, it is a mind blowing value, a very long numbers. Recto Bank is just 85 nautical miles or 158 kilometers west from Palawan. The good part is, it belongs to us. The bad part is, if we do nothing, it will be taken away from us, right in our face.

Defend Ayungin Shoal. Protect Recto Bank. It is ours and we intend to keep it that way. It is not an order but mandatory. It is our sacred duty to serve and defend our future, our nation, our soil and our oil. It is not an easy task but it is worth fighting for..
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16307 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: US ASSISTING PHL IN SEA PATROL - DFA

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed yesterday that unmanned US Navy surveillance planes conduct patrols to help monitor activities in Philippine waters, particularly in the South China Sea.

DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said US drones fly over Philippine waters during joint military exercises with the United States.

Hernandez said the joint exercises involve the use of P3C Orion aircraft and are aimed at upgrading the skills of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“Every now and then, we have military exercises that involve US aircraft. One of the primary purposes is to upgrade the skills of the military in terms of maritime domain awareness as well as search and rescue,” Hernandez said.

“We need to tap every resource available to know what is going on in our seas,” he added.

A classified government document seen by Kyodo News on Friday confirmed that US Navy surveillance planes conduct routine maritime patrol in the South China Sea, particularly in the contested Spratly Islands.

President Aquino had earlier disclosed that Manila was seeking US deployment of P3C Orion spy planes over the disputed sea.

The P3C Orion, a land-based maritime surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft that can intercept communications, is described as one of the most sensitive planes in the US fleet.

Its reconnaissance flights are focused on Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, a submerged shoal 128 nautical miles off the island province of Palawan.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Manila referred to the Philippine government queries on the report about US drones patrolling the disputed South China Sea.

“I would refer you to the Philippine government for any questions,” said US embassy spokesperson Bettina Malone in a text message to The STAR.

The Chinese embassy, on the other hand, could not be reached for comment.

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, meanwhile, sees nothing wrong with the US move to deploy its Navy spy drones in the disputed sea.

Enrile noted that the US, being a superpower, could be allowed to patrol the area.

“The US is an international power, they can operate anywhere,” he said.

‘Aggressive China moves risky’

Aggressive moves by China to assert territorial claims run the risk of “miscalculations” but are also helping Washington strengthen ties with other countries in the region, the general who oversees US air forces in the Pacific said Monday.

“Being fairly aggressive runs the risk of creating the potential for miscalculation,” Air Force General Herbert Carlisle told defense reporters in Washington.“That’s something we think about every day.”

The US is shifting its military and diplomatic focus to the Asia Pacific region partly because of a buildup by Beijing. China has been involved in territorial disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea and with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku islands.

Carlisle said he was concerned that some of China’s actions could trigger a larger response.“It’s a complex, changing environment,” he said.“Every action has unintended consequences and second and third order effects.”

Carlisle said at the same time China’s moves were helping Washington expand its own ties in the region, as seen in a recent announcement that Washington and Manila had expanded talks on military cooperation.

“Some of their fairly assertive, aggressive behavior has in fact brought our friends (closer) and they’re relying on us to be there and to be present,” he said.

In some cases, those allies could ultimately wind up buying defense equipment from non-US suppliers. But they wanted an increased US presence as a counterweight to China, he said.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16308 Aug 8, 2013
CONTINUATION...

‘No place for coercion, bullying’

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said there is no place for “coercion and bullying” in the region’s seas.

Russel told a Senate panel during his confirmation hearing last month that he would do everything in his power to “lower the temperature” in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas and push claimants, including China, toward diplomacy.

He said it was “unacceptable” for China to demand only bilateral negotiations with the other claimants.

He also voiced strong US support for efforts by Southeast Asia to negotiate as a bloc and frame a “code of conduct” to manage the disputes – an issue to be taken up at regional security talks in Brunei later this month.

The Philippines resorted to the rule of law by initiating arbitral proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to clarify the country’s maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea.

China lays claim to nearly the entire South China Sea and the East China Sea.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario had emphasized that the Philippines undertook many efforts to peacefully engage China and settle these disputes, but these were unsuccessful.

The Philippines had exhausted almost all political and diplomatic avenues for a peaceful negotiated settlement of its maritime dispute with China, Del Rosario said.

He noted that the rules-based resolution and management of disputes in the South China Sea contains two elements: the third-party arbitration of maritime claims in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law, specifically UNCLOS; and the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

Despite several invitations, China declined to join the Philippines in this peaceful endeavor.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16309 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: Report: US Senate adopts reso slamming China over West Phl Sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines - The U.S. Senate has reportedly adopted a proposed resolution condemning the use of force in the disputed West Philippine Sea amidst China's growing militarization in the area.

A report from Kyodo News said the U.S. Senate "unanimously adopted" the resolution on Monday, July 29 (U.S. time).

"The Senate condemns the use of coercion, threats, or force by naval, maritime security, or fishing vessels and military or civilian aircraft in the South China Sea and the East China Sea to assert disputed maritime or territorial claims or alter the status quo," the report quoted the resolution.

The Philippines, China, and several Southeast Asian nations are claiming territories in the West Philippine Sea, with the Asian giant pressing its territorial claim over nearly all the disputed waters.

The country is seeking to stop Chinese incursions into its exclusive economic zone in the area. It has taken the issue before an international arbitral tribunal after exhausting all other means to peacefully settle the territorial row.

An earlier report said China is enhancing its presence in the Panganiban (Mischief) Reef to pressure the Philippines to remove its grounded ship in nearby Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal.

Rommel Banlaoi of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies said China has transformed the Panganiban Reef off Palawan into an active naval detachment and military garrison.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16310 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE:'China is target of Manila's transfer of forces to Subic'// CHINAMEN PISSING IN THEIR PANTS

MANILA, Philippines - Experts from China are claiming that the Philippines is targeting the Asian giant in its plan to move some military forces to Subic, Zambales.

Li Guoqiang, deputy director of the Center for Chinese Borderland History and Geography at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in a report by the China Daily that Manila is building up and concentrating its military forces near the West Philippine Sea with China as its "clear target."

Li said in the report that the recent move of the Philippines "increases the risks of conflicts in the region."

"If all related parties resort to military means as Manila has for a resolution, the region will surely become a powder keg," Li was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Su Hao, a professor of Asia-Pacific studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said in the same report that external forces sharing the Philippines' goal of containing China "are complicating the regional South China Sea issue."

"What Manila sometimes did was to meet the needs of Washington and US allies, to seek more support from them," he said.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16311 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: New Phl attack choppers to have 'night fighting systems'

MANILA -The eight new attack helicopters to be purchased by the government will be fitted with "night fighting systems," the Department of National Defense (DND) bid and awards committee announced Tuesday.

The equipment, either electro-optical or infra red system, are used by air crews in detecting or spotting targets at night time.

The DND also said these new attack helicopters must be capable of flying at speeds of 120 knots (around 138 miles per hour) while carrying a 2,000 payload.

They should also be able to cruise for two and half hours and should be multi-engine in type.

Earlier, the DND said the choppers will also be equipped with laser designators capable of firing laser-guided rockets.

Four international helicopter manufacturers have participated in the pre-bid conference of the DND's attack helicopter program.

These firms are the Boeing Co., Eurocopter Group, AgustaWestland NV and MD Helicopters Inc.

All four aerospace companies have acquired the required bidding documents.

The DND attack helicopter program has a budget of P3.44 billion and will be sourced from the national budget and the AFP Modernization Act Trust Fund of 2000.

The DND said the new helicopters must have full night operation capability and complete weapon systems aside from integrated logistics support package.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16312 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: Brand-new frigates still part of PN modernization

Despite the impending arrival of BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) to the country this coming August, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it is still looking to acquire brand-new frigates to further boost its maritime awareness capabilities.

"(The frigates is still) part of the modernization program.(We are) now in the process of coming up with the final documents for the bidding," PN flag-officer-in-charge Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano said.

This includes the listing of the operational requirements wanted by the PN for its prospective frigates.

Alano clarified that once this process is completed, it would be up to the Department of National Defense (DND) to start up the country's frigate project.

Arrival of the Hamilton-class cutters in PN service is expected to boost up the maritime domain awareness capability of the Philippines.

The DND earlier announced that the budget for the two missile-firing frigates has been increased to P18 billion.

This is P7 billion higher than the P11 billion earlier allocated.

Five countries have expressed their intention to sell the Philippines modern frigates and offshore patrol vessels which will help the country protect its vast maritime territories.

These offers came from the United States, Israel, Croatia, South Korea and Australia.

All vessels being offered by these nations are brand new.

Offers of the above-mentioned countries started coming during the last quarter of 2012.

The DND attributed the sudden influx of would-be-suppliers to the fact the Philippine is now seriously upgrading its military forces.

The Philippines is in the market for two modern and powerful frigates in order to enhance its maritime domain awareness and protection capabilities.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16313 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: US commander: China's aggression leads to US, allies' closer ties

MANILA, Philippines - United States Pacific Air Forces Commander Herbert Carlisle said China's behavior in the South China Sea has led to stronger ties between the US and its Asian allies which include the Philippines.

"Some of (China's) fairly assertive, aggressive behavior has in fact brought our friends (closer) and they're relying on us to be there and to be present," Carlisle told the media in Washington on Monday.

The US has lately shifted its military and diplomatic focus on the Asia Pacific partly due to Beijing's claims, with Vice President Joe Biden saying that the "core" of such strategy are alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

"One of the main tenets of our strategy is to expand engagement and interoperability and integration … with our friends' and partners' militaries," Carlisle said.

Carlisle also weighed in on China's military buildup, saying it runs the risk of having unintended consequences sooner or later.

"Being fairly aggressive runs the risk of creating the potential for miscalculation," he said.

Carlisle warned that such aggression may result in an unprecedented response from the different countries that Beijing does not anticipate.

"It's a complex, changing environment. Every action has unintended consequences and second and third order effects," Carlisle said.

The American general also gave an overview of the Pacific Command's positioning in the region, saying that the Air Force's F-22 fighter jets are present there.

Global Hawks unmanned spy planes as well as a new F-35 fighter plane will be sent to the area where there is increasing tension.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16314 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: STRATEGIC MOVE | Philippines may shift warships to former US naval base in Subic Bay

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines may shift key air and naval assets to a former US naval base to boost its response time to waters contested by China, officials said Monday.

Subic Bay, which faces the strategically important South China Sea, was a major US naval facility until 1992 when it was converted into a busy freeport by the Philippine government.

"The discussions are preliminary, but utilizing Subic for our local navy could ideally be very strategic," said navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander Gregory Fabic. "It is a natural deep sea port that can accommodate the warships."

Department of Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez also confirmed the plan, which would include the transfer of two key warships acquired from the US.

He said the naval headquarters near Manila would soon be privatized, while an airport near Subic that was being used by the air force was to undergo expansion soon.

"With this, Subic has been determined as the best alternative for the planned transfer," Galvez told Agence France-Presse.

"Subic has a deep water port for the two (warships), it has an existing runway and airport facilities," he added.

The Philippine military, considered one of the weakest in the region, has been relying on excess US military articles to boost its capability.

In 2011, it acquired a decommissioned US coastguard cutter, and transformed it into its naval flagship called Gregorio del Pilar. A sister-ship, the Ramon Alcaraz is to arrive later this week.

Both are the most modern of the Philippine fleet, and are mainly to be used to patrol sea borders to counter perceived Chinese military build-up in the region.

The Philippine government last month also said it was drafting a plan allowing joint use of its bases with the United States and Japan, another country that is separately locked in a bitter sea dispute with China.

China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, even waters close to its smaller neighbors. The dispute has long been considered a potential flash point of conflict in the region.

The Chinese have effectively gained control of Scarborough Shoal after the Philippine navy backed down following a stand-off last year.

The shoal is near Subic and lies just 230 kilometers (140 miles) west of the main island of Luzon.

"(The move to) Subic is to address all our security and defense concerns in Luzon and surrounding maritime domain," Galvez said.

Subic, along with the nearby Clark Air base, were key facilities for the United States during World War II.

They provided logistical support during the Vietnam War in the 1970s, and remained of strategic importance during the Cold War.

Clark closed down in 1991 after nearby Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted, covering the base in ash and making it unusable. The last US ship sailed out of Subic a year later.

"This visit shows how open we are ... But this openness is a gradual process," Geng said. "We will continue to do this and open up more bases for visits."
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16315 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE:-NEDA: Q2 GDP to rise by over 7.5%-

MANILA, July 30 (PNA)-- The Philippine economy may have grown robust over 7.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013 despite slower trade performance, as other key domestic sectors continued to pick up speed, according to the country’s chief economic planner.

“It (at least 7.5 percent growth) is within the range of possibilities. I think it is quite going to be robust because so far, all the indicators are quite positive,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters on the sidelines of the launching of the 2012/2013 Philippine Human Development Report yesterday.

Balisacan expected manufacturing and construction, key growth drivers in the second quarter, continued.

“Consumption also likely grew because of the very favorable macroeconomic environment – inflation rate and interest rates are low, remittances have continued to be quite positive,” he noted.

Balisacan, also the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General, added that the peso depreciation and reports from the business sector about their continuing confidence likewise likely to have impacted on the second-quarter economic growth.

At least 7.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP), the measure of the country’s economic performance, is well within the growth projection of investment house First Metro Investment Corp.(FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) for the period.

Philippine GDP in the first quarter grew 7.8 percent, the highest among ASEAN economies, boosted by the strong performances of manufacturing and construction.

Meanwhile, the NEDA chief bared that economic managers may revise to single-digit the 10-percent exports and 12-percent imports targets for this year.

“We may have to revisit that (targets). I think, even the private sector has revised (its targets) downward. We have to consult with them,” he said.

Balisacan noted that revisions also largely depend on growths of agricultural and agro processed exports.

“What is good with us, what is growing rapidly is the trade in services; it is always double digits. So while merchandise exports are not growing as fast especially electronics; trade in services is growing very rapidly,” he said.

Balisacan cited the business process outsourcing (BPO) and agro-processed products which have high domestic contents.

“That value-added creates jobs. If your exports is strong in sectors with high-value added, that means that value-added is earned by your labor and local suppliers,” he added.

Philippine aggregate merchandise exports from January to May 2013 declined by six percent to $ 21.09 billion from previous year’s $ 22.44 billion on lower sales of semiconductors.

On the other hand, imports were also down 2.37 percent to $ 5.26 billion in May 2013 from $ 5.39 billion last year. Shipments were pulled down by lower payments for capital goods, mineral fuels and lubricants, the NEDA said.
Cev

Quezon City, Philippines

#16316 Aug 8, 2013
UPDATE: SHOPPING LIST | Israeli firms show defense products to Army

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Army, looking to modernize its equipment to boost territorial defense, on Tuesday got a glimpse of the wares showcased by four defense suppliers accredited by the Israel Defense Industries (IDI).

The four firms conducted product demonstrations in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City to “enable the Philippine Army to determine the advance technology with regard to military equipment that will address the requirements in the field,” Army spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said.

The firms include Israel Military Industries (IMI), ELBIT System Ltd., Israel Aerospace Industries, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Their representatives gave the Philippine Army’s Technical Assessment Teams a sneak peek into their products.

Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes was among the military and defense officials led by Patrick Velez, Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Installations and Logistics (OASAIL), in going over prospective defense products for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to buy under its modernization program.

Among the products the Army is looking to purchase are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and multiple launch rocket system (MLRS); Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Night Fighting Systems; and Command, Control, Communication, and Intelligence equipment.

Also on its shopping list are units of 155mm Computerized Autonomous Truck Mounted System, a modern version of the manually-operated 155mm howitzer.

Meanwhile, the Air Force is considering the purchase of missile systems from Israel for the FA50 lead-in trainer jets that the country plans to buy, with a budget P18.9 billion, from the supplier Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) of South Korea.

Cabangbang said Coballes invited the IDI to afford the Technical Assessment Teams a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the defense equipment, and thus boost their market research and analysis; and familiarize them with new technology and platforms regarding military hardware.
Andrez Lopez

El Paso, TX

#16317 Aug 8, 2013
Many bla-bla-bla in vain.

China will not confront with fire.

China will 'push', yes, simply 'push' away any obstacle with tug boats as they pushed away our USS Impeccable,spy ship,from the South China Sea and told us they will do the same again if we show up.

So a lot of bla bla bla is a waste of time.

And who has the time to read lengthy non-sense?
Cev

San Juan, Philippines

#16319 Aug 8, 2013
Andrez Lopez wrote:
Many bla-bla-bla in vain.
China will not confront with fire.
China will 'push', yes, simply 'push' away any obstacle with tug boats as they pushed away our USS Impeccable,spy ship,from the South China Sea and told us they will do the same again if we show up.
So a lot of bla bla bla is a waste of time.
And who has the time to read lengthy non-sense?
People with brains read those articles i posted.

Maybe you're just a dumb fck chink who can't. Lol.

I'll summarize it though for your sake:

PHILIPPINES IS OWNING CHINA. LOL!:D
Andrez Lopez

El Paso, TX

#16320 Aug 8, 2013
Cev wrote:
<quoted text>
People with brains read those articles i posted.
Maybe you're just a dumb fck chink who can't. Lol.
I'll summarize it though for your sake:
PHILIPPINES IS OWNING CHINA. LOL!:D
Do you really think people will read your long posts, pages after pages?

Open your eyes to reality. No intelligent people will spend their valuable time to read long postings, Be smart! Don't waste your time.

Summaries should be summaries in short and not in lengthy pages.

If you think the Philippines is owning China feel good about it. Enjoy your thoughts. It makes no sense to post lengthy pages.

A good summary is this:

China will not use force or fire.
China will push away any obstacle in the South China Sea with 'tug boats' as in the case of our USS Impeccable, the spy ship, which was pushed away from the area.
Cev

San Juan, Philippines

#16321 Aug 8, 2013
Andrez Lopez wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you really think people will read your long posts, pages after pages?
Open your eyes to reality. No intelligent people will spend their valuable time to read long postings, Be smart! Don't waste your time.
Summaries should be summaries in short and not in lengthy pages.
If you think the Philippines is owning China feel good about it. Enjoy your thoughts. It makes no sense to post lengthy pages.
A good summary is this:
China will not use force or fire.
China will push away any obstacle in the South China Sea with 'tug boats' as in the case of our USS Impeccable, the spy ship, which was pushed away from the area.
Please stop making excuses, Chinaman. There is no excuse for your STUPIDITY. If you cannot understand the posts, just admit it instead of making so many excuses.:)
Cev

San Juan, Philippines

#16322 Aug 8, 2013
Andrez Lopez wrote:
<quoted text>
A good summary is this:
China will not use force or fire.
China will push away any obstacle in the South China Sea with 'tug boats' as in the case of our USS Impeccable, the spy ship, which was pushed away from the area.
1. China threatened war before, and just recently, a counterstrike.

2. China's squatting on Philippine reefs is the biggest, most blatant form of obstacle in the West Philippine Sea. Do tell us how you 'pushed' us away. Lol

3. Your 'summary' is poorly made by a retard chinaman. Please gain some intelligence before you even attempt to argue with me. Lol.

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