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Friday, June 24, 2011

The US will grant lease and Acquire Modern Armaments to the Philippines to become powerful

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The United States said Thursday it was ready to provide hardware to modernize the military of the Philippines, which vowed to "stand up to aggressive action" amid rising tension at sea with China.

Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, on a visit to Washington, said the Philippines hoped to lease equipment to upgrade its aged fleet and called for the allies to revamp their relationship in light of the friction with China.

"We are determined and committed to supporting the defense of the Philippines," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a joint news conference when asked about the hardware wish-list from the Philippines.

Clinton said the two nations were working "to determine what the additional assets that the Philippines needs are and how we can best provide those." She said del Rosario would meet Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other Pentagon officials.

Tensions in the strategic and resource-rich West Philippine Sea or South China Sea have escalated in recent weeks; with the Philippines and Vietnam alarmed at what they say are increasingly aggressive actions by Beijing in the Philippine waters and Vietnam waters.

Several Southeast Asian nations have been seeking closer relationships with the United States, which since last year has called loudly for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and West Philippines’ Sea.

"We are concerned that recent incidents in the South China Sea could undermine peace and stability," Clinton told reporters, urging "all sides to exercise self-restraint."

Del Rosario, with Clinton at his side, said that the Philippines was a small country but is "prepared to do what is necessary to stand up to any aggressive action in our backyard."

The Philippines has announced the deployment in disputed waters of its navy flagship, the Rajah Humabon. One of the world's oldest warships, the Rajah Humabon was a former US Navy frigate that served during World War II.

The Philippines has historically bought second-hand hardware, but del Rosario said that President Benigno Aquino has allocated 11 billion pesos (252 million dollars) to upgrade the navy.

Shortly ahead of his talks with Clinton, del Rosario said that the Philippines was asking the United States for "an operational lease so that we can look at fairly new equipment and be able to get our hands on that quickly."

"We need to have the resources to be able to stand and defend ourselves and, I think, to the extent that we can do that, we become a stronger ally for you," del Rosario said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The United States signed a defense treaty with the Philippines in 1951(MDT), five years after the archipelago's independence from US colonial rule. Del Rosario said he believed the treaty -- which calls for mutual defense in the event of an attack in "the Pacific area" -- covers the South China Sea.

The United States has been providing military aid to the Philippines primarily to fight Islamic militants in the wake the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Del Rosario said that Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf has largely been defeated; estimating that only around 200 guerrillas remained.

"The Philippines' relative success in counter-insurgency coupled with pressures in the regional environment compels a reorientation of focus and resources," he said.

"A reset in our relations has therefore become an imperative to allow the alliance to continue to meet domestic goals while contributing to global stability," he said.

China has said that it will not resort to the use of force in the South China Sea but has also warned the United States to stay out of territorial spats.

I believe some countries now are playing with fire. And I hope the US won't be burned by this fire," China's vice foreign minister Cui Tiankai said.

 

19 Responses so far

  1. Walang lahi says:

    Wow! ang laki!

    totoo pala yung balita na bibili ang pinas ang aircraft carrier kaya lang hindi talaga bili to eh, lease .. sana ma aquire na soon..

  2. Anonymous says:

    SPRATLY ISLANDS ARE NOT BELONG TO THE PHILIPPINES REPUBLIC BUT BELONG TO SULU SULTANATE, AND SULU SULTANATE NEVER BE A PART OF THE PHILIPPINES,.

    SABAH CHILDREN

  3. Anonymous says:

    PHILIPPINES, GO BACK TO MANILA, DON'T DREAMS AT DAY TO GET SPRATLY AS YOUR OWN. THE TERRITORY ARE NOT YOURS WITH AMERICA, IT'S BELONG TO SULU SULTANATE.

    BY:
    SABAH BAH

  4. Anonymous says:

    AMERICA IS THE MASTER OF THE EXTREME DESTROYER. AND HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATOR, THEY INTERVENE TO ALL COUNTRY INTERNAL AFFAIR. AMERICA IS THE MODERN PHARAOHS OR FER'AUNS RULES. AMERICAN ELITE ARE THE GHOST OF CARIBBEAN AND SULU SEA. AMERICANS ARE THE BOSS OF ALL PIRATE IN THE SULU SEA.


    SABAH YOUTH

  5. Anonymous says:

    AMERICANS PRESIDENT OBAMA MARRIED WITH NINOY AQUINO, AND NINOY SODOMIZED BY OBAMA.

    SABAH GUY

  6. Anonymous says:

    SABAH YOUTH GUY (BAYOUT GUY - OR GAY GUY)

    You need education first before saying something.

    You had been violating the words of your Sultan... be careful you would be jail..

    YOU ARE such kinda Idiot.. you dont know anything

  7. Rajah Humabon says:

    Lets have to face the reality..

    The Philippines must have to have a Charter Change to Change the Government System...into Constitutional Monarchy System.

    SO THAT..

    The Luzon could be a 1 country under the Philippines

    The Visayas could be a country under the Philippines

    The Mindanao could be a country under the Philippines

    The Sultanate of Sulu could be a country under the Monarchy of the Philippines...

    The Philippines must have to complete the 4 squares as it is the destiny... for the Final Judgement day...

    The Philippines and The Sultanate of Sulu will work as 1 country

    * State of Luzon
    * State of the Visayas
    * State of Mindanao
    * State of the Sultanate of SULU

    THE PHILIPPINES

  8. Anonymous says:

    THE PHILIPPINES MUST HAVE OUR OWN WAR SHIP. BUILD BY OUR OWN TECHNOLOGY. THERE ARE SHIP MAKER IN CEBU. ONLY THING IS TO MODIFY THE SHIP TO BECOME A WARSHIP.SO THAT WE WILL NOT BUY TO OTHER COUNTRY. AND EXPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS...

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bili na lang tayo maraming corvette or lcs installed with multiple launched missiles and antisub. Tingnan natin makalapit or maka pang harrassed pa mga supot na yan.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sulu Sultanate is a Pilipino Citizen therefore the sultan is subject to the philippine Govt.,and therefore the govt has the right to claim the area which are belong to sultanate,including the Sabah that is why malaysia support the MILF because he afraid that if there is no more rebelion in the Mindano the next eyeing is the sabah in order the sultanate of sulu will get their on land and be grant independent but now is difficult because the budget of military is for insurgency only in mindanao it cost the govt. billions of dollars to have peace in the area. but one day the sabah will return to Sulu sultanate by hook or by crook remember that.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree.. it leaks.. Malaysian Government is so swapang... they lead the terrorism in Mindanao now..

    We need a strong evidence for this to file a case in the International court so Malaysia would be sanction and they would be force to leave Sabah

  12. ahmad says:

    the spratly isla belong to the philippine means all of the islang as a philippines but the sulatanate of muslim the manila before name as a amanullah not manila because the sultan of luzon was rajah sulaiman please brother muslim and christian one before the coming of spanish time the island mindanao or visayas and luzon 100% muslim but some not educated before,,allahu akbar assalamu alaikum warrahmatullahi wa barrakatuh,,,

  13. Anonymous says:

    Ahmad! Its time for you to know that the Lumad or aboriginals in the Philippines are not Muslim and they are the real heirs and owners of the Whole Islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.. that includes Igorot, Mangyan, Subano, Manobo, Mansaka, tiruray, and other lumads..

    But Muslim missioner entered the Philippines as migrants together with Malaysians and Indonesians..and convert the Lumad into Muslims but some other were not converted as they hide in the mountains.

    Muslims basically in the Philippines are just invaders and migrants like Spain, Britain and America who conquered the Philippines.

    When Spain invaded the Philippines muslims converted into Christianity.. so you could not blame why they become Christian from Muslim.. because they have theirs rights whats they want..


    So Muslim must be educated to understand the fact that you are not the Original settlers of the Philippines but a MERE MIGRANTS OF THE COUNTRY..

    Lets' respect the Lumads as they are the real heirs and owners of the whole Philippines

  14. Anonymous says:

    SI SABBAH YOUTH BAYOT WALANG ALAM ALAM YAN PALIBHASA GALING KANG SA LAHING MAMATAY TAO MGA MUSLIM MATAPANG DAW SHIT PUNTA KANG MANILA KUKOTUSAN KITA GAGO KA WALA KANANG SINABING MAGANDA KAHIHIYAAN KA SA LAHI MO GAGO.

  15. Anonymous says:

    YUNG GAGAWIN SANA NI MACOY SA SABBAH NA PUMALPAK AY GINAGAYA NG MALAYSIA NGAYON....ANG MAGHASIK NG TERORISMO...ANG KAWAWA NATING KAPATID NA MUSLIM LAGI NA LANG GINAGAMIT MASKI KAPWA NILA MUSLIM...SINISI NILA PATI WALANG MUWANG NA KRISTYANO NA WALANG HINANGAD KUNDI KAPAYAPAAN LAMANG....KAYA ANG SPRATLY AY SA ATING MGA KRISTYANO AT MUSLIM NA NANINIRAHAN SA PILIPINAS...AT PARA SA IYO SABAYOT... PARTE KA NG PILIPINAS TANDAAN MO YAN

  16. Anonymous says:

    SABAYOT , THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE . NAKAKAHIYA KA SA LAHI MO. MAG - ARAL KA NA LANG MUNA NG HISTORY BAGO KA MAGCOMMENT . PARANG HINDI KA PILIPINO , SARILING BAYAN PINAGKAKANULO MO SA MGA GANID NA KALABAN.

  17. Anonymous says:

    BWISIT KA SABAYOT PANIRA KA NG ARAW. HINDI KA MARUNONG MAG-ISIP.

  18. Anonymous says:

    SABAYOT SANA IKAW ANG UNANG TAMAAN NG MISSILE NG CHINA PAG INATAKE NILA TAYO. MAGKAROON KA LANG MAN NG KONTING PAGMAMAHAL SA BAYAN MO.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Nevermind of SABAH YOuth.. HE dont know... what he is talking about...

    He is just a crap! he is one of the member of Abu Sayaff but he was killed by the Smart bomb recently deployed by the AFP so he wasnt able to comment back...


    You could not let the dead person speaks......

    It is his destiny to die through a smart bomb.. because he betrayed his own country.

    Reminder... Sultanate of Sulu is under the Philppines Government..

    and Sabah or North Borneo is under the Sultanate of Sulu

    3 levels.... Sabah or North Borneo is Under the Philippines Government through Sultanate of Sulu

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