China Sea row discussed in US officials’ call on DND


Secretary of the Navy Mabus is honored by Philippine military members after a meeting with the Philippine Defense Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin. Mabus discussed Tuesday regional security issues during the meeting. US NAVY PHOTO/MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS ARIF PATANI

MANILA, Philippines—US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus discussed Tuesday regional security issues in a meeting with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“The representatives from the two departments discussed security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, modernization efforts, and the US’s commitment to provide humanitarian assistance in times of disasters/calamities,” the Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement.

“Secretary Mabus further intimated the critical nature of the Philippines for the US rebalance in the Asia-Pacific,” the statement said.

Also in the meeting at the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo were Navy Flag Office in Command Vice Adm. Jose Luis Alano, US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, and Defense Undersecretaries Honorio Azcueta and Pio Batino.

Thomas described Mabus’ visit as a “mutually beneficial and important trip.” He said one of the issues discussed was the situation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

He noted that Mabus’ trip came on the heels of the trip to the Philippines by Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of the US Pacific Command.

“We have sent many high-level officials here in the last few years to show our military commitment,” Thomas told reporters.—Nikko Dizon

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  • kismaytami

    What’s the use of such talks? Uncle Sam already declared that they won’t side with anybody involved in the row. So why waste time and taxpayers’ money in such useless meetings?

    • Chihuahua

      uncle sam is getting so annoyed by the constant nagging from phil for clarification of their vintage MDT. the talk is just to appease DFA so they won’t be embarrassed again and get caught in a similar situation when they were blindsided by DFA at their 2+2 with hillary last year. american taxpayers are already so fatigue with paying for foreign adventures besides uncle sam still need time to pay off the staggering debt of over $16T with about $1T and change owed to China alone. So sending some cheap word of support and encouragement and at the same time throw in some loose change and surplus hardware is the solution to keep the annoying DFA at bay. so you see the meetings are not entirely useless.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        they paid back 1 percent last year so now chinas percent is now 7.

      • CommonSens6

        Why is TW so worried about the US-PH relations? TW should just shut up or she’s not going to get a fishing agreement with the PH. Tis none of TW business!


      NATO! no action talk only.

  • Ben

    Just a reminder, make this talk a constructive one. DND should ask the US naval secretary for training programs for deserving Filipino troops to operate high tech equipment’s, and scholarships for technology know how to infuse technology knowledge in the consciousness of our troops such as building radar system, missile and missile guidance system. Constantly hone the troops skills using technology for taking an island scenarios in the face of powerful enemy and sabotaging infrastructures and supply of the enemies through constant Balikatan exercises. As you talk about personnel growth, talk about ways for the secretary to help the Philippines acquire a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets multi-role jet fighters, and maybe AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship that can accompany our Hamilton class ships…and training now for possible airmen using those jets/helicopter while we are waiting.

    • NoWorryBHappy

      WHAAAAT ???
      Know what, Sleeping Beauty, it’s good to know that you finally woke up.
      You are now in the 21st century.
      The year is 2013.
      Times have changed.
      Uncle Sam is all but bankrupt.
      Try another wish list.
      A 21st century wish list.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you must be in 1990s american is coming out of its slump you dont read the news in your dreamland. unemployment is down stock market and dollar is up housing and auto sales are up. they are paying off chinas 7 percent of the loan it was 8 percent.they soon will be exporting oil and more food. look up oil shale.

      • Ben

        …can`t understand your reasoning here. We are going to buy those materials not beg for it, what is Uncle Sam`s bankruptcy (and they did not even announce it) got to do with it? They can still build and finance a war… nutty nutty.

    • BakbakanNa

      Before you go any further, do you still have bagoong in the frig for hapunan ? If so, good. If not, then go buy one. All else in your mind right now is a dream world.

      • Ben

        ……and give me hypertension with that kind of food, if you want to kill yourself with bagoong ,go ahead make your day, iho.

    • Dipal

      hardware too expensive for a small country like us.

      maybe a lot cheaper to sponsor infiltrators to China to sway public opinion?

  • NoWorryBHappy

    “We have sent many high-level officials here in the last few years to show our military commitment,” Thomas told reporters.
    Let me guess.
    He has come to reiterate what Ms Hillary Clinton has been telling the world (China pay
    attention): America’s COMMITMENT is that AMERICA IS NEUTRAL. We hope that China hears that. We don’t want to annoy China, do we ?

    • CommonSens6


  • joboni96

    layas imperyalistang u.s.

    ipapahamak na naman ninyo ang bayan namin
    sa mga imperialist war ninyo

    tulad noong
    u.s. vs. kastila war
    u.s. vs. pilipino war
    u.s. vs. japan war noong ww2

    coming u.s. vs. intsik switik war
    para burahin ang trilyones na utang ng imperyalista

    palakasin natin ang depensa
    para di na tayo matakot ng imperyalista

    palayasin imperialist u.s. stealth bases

    • Batman

      Who is imperialist again?

      A nation (U.S.A) that helps us in times of troubles (natural disasters, poverty alleviation, social justice, human rights issues, and the arrest of traitor generals of the AFP) or your friend (China) who has aggressively taken Filipino territory.

      No to leftist-communist players and killers like you.

      • joboni96

        an imperialist is

        1. caused the death of 1+ million pilipinos 1898-1912
        2. caused the death of another 1+ million in ww2
        3. destroyed intramuros
        4. isusubo pilipino sa intsik switik to erase their $trillions debt
        5. made trillions from pilipino sweat in the u.s.
        6. carted away the gold of the cordilleras
        etc etc etc

        buti pa japan
        nagbigay ng reparations

        no to kolonisadong utak collaborators
        making sawsaw in ph issues while in u.s. 2nd class citizen

      • Batman

        Sorry wrong again.

        U.S.A is like Rome he conquers but liberates people. Give them freedom while your communist-leftist-nihilist ideology forces stagnation of humanity.

        1. 1 million? Exaggeration much? They have made us a free nation. We were the top 2 nation in Asia and one of the strongest military until Filipinos governed Filipinos. Get over it dude. We can only blame ourselves.
        2. 1 million in WW2? Huh? Imperial Japanese Army is the aggressor.
        3. Destroyed Intramuros? Yes because Imperial Japanese troops were hiding in there.
        4. Sensationalism without proof or truth.
        5. Trillions from Filipino sweat? The whole U.S.A economy from Filipino sweat? Again sensationalism without proof or truth.
        6. Carted gold? Are you confusing the Japanese Imperial Army vs. the U.S.A again! And look who are mining gold and procuring gold illegally now? Your communist masters – China!

        Sorry your kind of communist propaganda won’t just work now that we have the Internet.

      • joboni96

        well said kolonisadong utak

        you learned the false imperialist version of history
        very well

        pilipino master ko di tulad sa iyo
        imperialist anemic aaasss kisser

        sorry the imperialist internet
        has shown its anemic aaassss you kiss well

      • Batman

        If you can not deal with the facts please don’t go into personal insults.

        Please be man enough to gracefully end a discussion.

      • Batman

        And you know what…

        Choosing between “imperialist” U.S.A and “terrorist” CPP-NPA (with bully China), give us Filipinos U.S.A anytime.

        And why are you using U.S.A technology? Hypocrite! :p

      • joboni96

        kung wala ka pa sa imperialist land
        pumila ka na sa roxas blvd

        the imperialist uses the internet
        to spy and brainwash the world

        the imperialist stops
        pati ako rin

      • Batman

        The Internet is free for everyone’s use.

        Muslim, Jew or Christian; communist or non-communist.

  • $31552910

    Tensions are rising in the West Pacific because of China’s “nine dash line” and aggressive territorial claims in the East China Sea and South China Sea and the US strategic pivot or rebalance in the Asia Pacific region. The Philippines has no external defense capability of much significance. The Philippines will become a very vulnerable target if tensions in the West Pacific escalate. It will take many years and billions of dollars for the Philippines to have a credible defense posture. Adopting a national defense strategy based on strategic defense or asymmetric warfare with anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) deterrent capabilities can save the Philippines billions of dollars and still significantly improve the external defense capabilities of the Philippines. Relatively inexpensive deterrent capabilities are coastal anti-ship defense systems, like the Bastion -P mobile coastal defense systems; air-defense systems, like the NASAMS, SPYDER, and the Pantsir-S mobile air-defense systems; portable air-defense systems or MANPADS, like Stinger, Mistral, or Igla-S portable missiles; and portable guided-missiles, like SPIKE and Javelin missiles. To protect its maritime territories and marine resources, it is necessary for the Philippines to acquire missile patrol boats and corvettes, like Israel’s SAAR 4.5 class/Hetz subclass missile patrol boat and SAAR S-72 class fast-attack mini-corvette, which are equipped with anti-ship missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The Philippines can easily build hundreds of low cost fast-attack crafts and fast-attack trimarans or outrigger boats, which can be equipped with portable missiles. These are basic defenses that will not bankrupt the economy and can be steadily and progressively strengthened as more funds become available. The Philippines must not be overly dependent on its traditional allies and defense treaty partners for its external defense since foreign countries are expected to look out for their own strategic interests and economic interests or trade relations and they might be unwilling to provide military assistance to the Philippines or they might not want to put too much attention or importance to the security needs of the Philippines.

    • Dipal

      wow! hard sell.

      how much commission you expect to get?

  • zxy-yxz

    Talk seriously about arms we need to our visiting friend.

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