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Port calls by US navy in PH will continue despite Tubbataha incident

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Port calls by the United States navy to the Philippines will continue despite the damage its minesweeper sustained on Tubbataha Reefs Park in Sulu Sea recently.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Monday said the port calls will continue as part of the “international world.”

“This is part of our relation with the international world. If there’s a request for port call, for as long as there is nothing unusual in the port call we do accept port calls…, it has nothing to do with what happened to Tubbataha,” he told reporters in an ambush interview.

The 63-meter and 1,300-ton USS Guardian had been stuck in  the famed reef since January 17. It docked in Subic Bay on January 12 for a fuel stop, and was scheduled to dock in Puerto Princesa City and then head to India when the incident happened nearly two weeks ago.

The port calls are said to be covered by the Visiting Forces Agreement between the United States and the Philippine governments in 1999.

More visits of warships are expected as the United States announced last year its military strategy to reposition its Navy Fleet in the Asia Pacific region in the coming years.


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  • 100% freedom of navigation

    We need people in our lives. Most especially us as a nation poorly equipped militarily to defend our selves. We need a strong ally whose presence of ships in our shores is a proof that they are here to honor their treaty with us. 

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      Do you think the Americans will fight for the Philippines if ever a shooting war with China erupts? hehehe, just asking

      • kanoy

         NO ITS NOT OUR WAR OUR COUNTRY OR OUR PROBLEM,,,BESIDES THE RP HAS NOTHING WORTH CHINA NEEDING A SHOOTING WAR TO TAKE,,,THE OUTER ISLANDS ARE UP FOR GRABS SINCE THE PHILIPPINES WASTED 67 YEARS ELECTING THE SAME CROOKS OVER AND OVER SO….NO MONEY….NO NAVY,,,,NO AIR FORCE,,,,,SHAME EVEN NORTH KOREA PUT A SATELLITE INTO SPACE ABOUT 800 SHIPS TO THE RP 2 MINI SUBS/AMPHIBS,,,,RP ZERO,,,,MAY IS ELECTION TIME EH ESTRADA MAYOR MANILA THE RP WILL NEVER LEARN

      • junsepara

        HOW  DO YOU KNOW THE U.S. WON’T HELP??? IT WAS NOT THERE WAR WHEN THEY DEFENDED MY COUNTRY AGAINST JAPAN, IT WAS NOT THEIR PROBLEM IF WE ARE INVADED, WHY SHED THEIR LIVES FOR IT?? WHY IS YOUR CHINKS RELATIVES GRABBING ISLANDS, SHOAL, AND REEFS IN MY TERRITORY IF THIS IS NOT WORTH A SHOOTING WAR??? TAIWAN IS AN ISLAND UP FOR GRABS, THE ISLANDS IN JAPAN ARE UP FOR GRABS WHY CAN’T THEY GRAB THEM JUST LIKE THAT??? WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT MY GOVERNMENT, MY PEOPLE AND MY COUNTRY??? YOU ARE LUCKY YOU ARE IN MY COUNTRY ENJOYING THE FREEDOM YOU WILL NEVER HAVE IN YOUR MAINLAND CHINKS COUNTRY!!!

      • kanoy

        WE DONT HELP TRAITORS, TURNCOATS AND BACKSTABBERS LIKE THE RP,,,,WE HELPED WITH JAPAN BECAUSE YOU HAD NOT DEFECTED TO OUR ENEMY YET AND BROKEN YOUR LOYALTY OATH TO THE UN THAT ALL HAPPENED IN IRAQ ,,,,THEY SHOULD NOT WASTE 1 TAXPAYER DOLLAR ON THE FRIEND OF OUR ENEMY AL QUAEDA
        JAPAN HAS A MIGHTY NAVY AND THE US IS SWORN BY TREATY TO DEFEND THEM,,,JAPAN HONORS ITS VFA THE RP DONT…CHINA CAN HAVE THE RP BUT NOT JAPAN…DO THE WORLD A FAVOR CHINA,,,,OUST THE POLITICAL DYNASTIES THE RP KEEPS VOTING IN,,,AND REMAINING POOR
        LOL WE CAN GO BACK TO THE USA ANYTIME WE WISH BUT WE CHOOSE TO STAY HERE TILL THE KIDS FINISH COLLEGE,,,THEN HELLO OHIO

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

        irrelevant, in material….

      • kanoy

         LUCKY TO BE HERE? GIRL LET ME TELL YOU LUCK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT,,,,MONEY DOES,,,AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN I CAN COME AND GO WHERE EVER I PLEASE AND I DONT NEED NO STUPID GOVT PERMISSION FIRST,,,ALL I NEED IS WHAT GOT ME IN AND KEPT ME HERE IN THE RP 8 YEARS,,,,,MONEY

      • opinyonlangpo

        Funny but anyone who will not agree with the Filipino commenters will be labelled as chinks. Anyway, they would prefer that all those money for their defense will go to their pockets and leave their external security to the US taxpayers.

      • kanoy

        LOL YEA I KNOW,,,ESPECIALLY BY THAT DUCKWAD JUNS,,,I HAVE BEEN A CHINK MANY TIMES LOL GREAT A BLACK AMERICAN CHINK….THEY THINK THOSE BUCKS ARE GOING IN THEIR POCKETS,,,,WRONG,,,,THE RICH POLITICAL DYNASTY POCKETS…LOL THESE YAHOO WONT EVEN GET 1 CENTAVO,,,,ALL THIS LIP SERVICE,,,,,FOR NOTHING

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

        irrelevant, in material…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

        irrelevant,in material….

      • kanoy

          Garo Ungaro
        irrelevant, in material…

        TRAITORS MEAN NOTHING TO YOU OR YOUR COUNTRY

        BUT TO ME AND MY COUNTRY WE HAVE A HISTORY OF SHOOTING TRAITORS

        WE SHOT THE ONE TIME HERO MAJ GEN. BENEDICT ARNOLD FOR CHOOSING,,,AS THE PHILIPPINES DID,,,,TO BECOME A TRAITOR

      • kanoy

         OUT WITH MARCOS
        ELECT MARCOS
        OUT WITH ERAP
        ELECT ERAP
        OUT WITH GMA
        ELECT GMA
        THE ONLY REASON HE IS NOT GUILTY IS BECAUSE HE IS RICH
        ELECT THE RICH
        DUH
        DUH
        DUH
        DUH

      • kanoy

         IRRELEVANT COUNTRY

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        they probably wont now because the american public reads newspapers to

  • junsepara

    Keep it coming, at least it is our detterent for a bullying chink!!! just like chinks can’t touch japan so they are back bullying small country like PHL, we just need to fight off a brainless chinks with our brains!!! just boycott inferior made in china products that is their weakness, simple and easy!!

  • Pedring2

    Do you notice how Kanoto and Opin complement each other – scratch each other’s back? Both are members of the 50-cent army!  They were allowed into our country – given refuge from their oppressive commie goverments – and now stab us in the back. Infiltratos, go home!  Expel these thankless and shameless Chinkos!

  • sh1seadad

    Good news for the Philippines, Bad news for Communist China and the Leftist groups like Bayan and NPA 

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ang pagsira ng barko ng imperyalistang navy sa tubbataha
    ay singtulad ng pagsira ng imperyalistang u.s. sa bayan nating pilipinas

    u.s. – kastila war 1898
    pilipino – u.s. war 1899-1912 1+ million pilipinos died
    u.s. – japan war ww2 nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
    u.s. – korea war 1950-1953 100+ pilipino casualties
    u.s. – vietnam war 1960s-70s used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties
    u.s. – tsina war 20?? modern weapons will result in higher casualties

    hindi pa kasama dyan ang mga kinulimbat nilang
    gold at ibang mahalagang metal
    pag kalbo sa kabundukan kaya tayo binabaha ngayon
    parity rights na ginamit pang darambong
    etc etc

    ang agenda ng imperyalista gawing base ang bayan natin na naman
    sa gerra nila sa pinagkakautangang intsik switik

    na tayo na naman ang tatamaan
    habang sitting pretty sila unscathed thousands of miles away

    ang barkong ito ay another imperialist psywar operation
    to break down pilipino resistance to recolonization
    the recovered drone was another similar psywar operation of the imperialist
    yung sa scarborough, tonkin gulf incident style pakana din nila

    DEMOLISH VFA – PALAYASIN MGA IMPERYALISTA

    ng hindi gawing bases ang bayan natin ng imperyalistang u.s.
    sa napipintong gerra nila kontra hegemonistang intsik

    magpalakas ng pro pilipino defense kasama mga kapit bayan natin
    para pigilin ang intsik switik sea grabbing



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