US assures Philippines of 2nd warship amid South China Sea territorial disputes


AP – The United States will provide a second warship to the ill-equipped Philippine military as it confronts China in increasingly tense territorial disputes in the South China Sea, a Philippine official said Thursday.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin during talks in Manila on Wednesday that Washington would give its longtime ally a second Coast Guard cutter virtually for free some time next year.

The first second-hand cutter from the U.S. Coast Guard sailed into Manila in August and became the most modern vessel in the dilapidated Philippine fleet. Clinton assured the Philippine military of intensified U.S. assistance Wednesday when the allies marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of their Mutual Defense Treaty aboard a U.S. naval destroyer in Manila.

The first U.S. ship, which has been renamed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, would be deployed to secure Philippine territorial waters in the South China Sea as early as this month, the military said.

Gazmin said he and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario would meet Clinton and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon in January to discuss America’s assistance, including a Manila request for a third Coast Guard cutter.

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  1. panchang810 says:

    Why can’t the Philippine journalists quit saying South China Sea? Hasn’t it been renamed WEST PHILIPPINE SEA? The Filipino people MUST learn how to be assertive especially when it concerns the country’s territorial sovereignty and rights. This way, China will get the picture that despite the lack of modern military warfare and resources and massive military fleet, still the Filipinos can NEVER be bullied. Tayo’y mga Filipino atapang atao.

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