Philippines expects to get 10 Japanese patrol boats


Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines said Tuesday it expects to get 10 new Japanese patrol boats within 18 months, as it tries to strengthen its sea defense capabilities amid a deepening territorial row with China.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the boats were 40-meter (132-foot) vessels to be used by the Philippine coast guard.

“With the approval of Japanese parliament, the boats could be ready by next year,” Del Rosario said in a text message.

“All 10 are financed by official development assistance from Japan and are soft loans,” he said without specifying the cost of each boat.

DFA spokesman and Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez has said that Manila asked Tokyo in December for the loan program for 10 patrol boats.

“This is actually to upgrade the equipment of our Philippine Coast Guard for it to be able to do its mandate to monitor our seas, and make sure that there will be no intrusions in our maritime zones,” Hernandez said.

The Nikkei, a Japanese business daily, reported on Monday that Japan planned to donate patrol boats costing $11 million each to the Philippines, a move it linked to regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity.

Japan and the Philippines are embroiled in separate territorial disputes with China.

The Philippines’ dispute with China involves overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, which is believed to sit above vast amounts of oil and gas.

China claims most of the South China Sea, including waters approaching the coast of the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

Tensions between China and the Philippines escalated dramatically in April last year when vessels from both countries became locked in a standoff at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground.

The shoal is about 230 kilometers (140 miles) west of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon. The Philippines says that China has maintained vessels at the shoal to bolster its claim, reneging on an agreement to pull them out.

The Philippines has conceded its poorly equipped navy and coast guard are of little deterrence to China.

Their fleets are made up mostly of ageing, second-hand vessels, many of which date back to World War II.

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  • H_A_B_A_G_A_T

    Thank you Japan!

    Thank you for giving Filipino a tools to safe guards the Philippines sea against the Chinese poachers, the criminal of the sea. They infested the south China sea, even Korean waters and imagine..even Europe’s waters.

    Chinese corals had destroyed at least 80% of their Corals. This Vessel is surely in good used to protect mother nature against this criminal of the sea.

  • Abu

    Thank you Japan…:)

  • truth_will_set_us_free


  • JanB

    Does anyone knows what are the capabilities of these Patrol Boats? The Cost Guard already started hiring personnel for these Patrol Boats… What will it do? Can it detect & chase submarines & Sink it if possible??? 

  • Red Villa

    kung bawat isa sa 90 million pilipino ay magbigay ng piso bawat araw,may 2 million US dollar tayo araw araw..bawat buwan ay may kabuuan tayong 60 million USD. bawat buwan kaya natin bumili ng squadron ng sophisticated BRANDNEW FIGHTER JET.

  • Des – Green Barley

    This is good news for the Philippines. Since we are an island nation, we need more patrol boats.

  • dikoy321

    Bully China might haved roped-off Scarborough Shoal, as reported, but the Philippines SHOULD also send its own ship, new or old, right at the mouth of the Panatag Island/Bajo de Masinloc !

    That way, it can easily monitor Chinese THIEVES and POACHERS entering/exiting Panatag Island !

    Whatever NICE Chinese words they speak, they are all LIES and PROPAGANDA, the way they INVADED AND TOOK helpless Tibet, claiming it to be theirs !


    Tibet should rise up and FIGHT the Chinese Intruders, so should the Philippines and Japan !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • argz

    Asan na po ba yung dalawang frigates na binigay ng UK sa atin noong 1997?

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