US, Philippines vow freedom of navigation amid Asia sea rows

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U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Philippine Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista at the Pentagon, Aug. 22, 2013. Dempsey hosted a welcome ceremony and the two leaders discussed security issues. US Department of Defense. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

MANILA, Philippines—The United States and the Philippines have vowed to maintain freedom of navigation in a Southeast Asia increasingly beset by maritime territorial rows, the two military allies said.

The military chiefs of the two countries made the pledge in the United States on Thursday as their governments held talks on expanding the American military presence in the Philippines, a joint statement said.

“We share a common interest in maintaining freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce, and transit of people and goods across the seas,” said Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Emmanuel Bautista and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“We resolve to… strengthen the Southeast Asia security environment in a manner that protects the interests of all who value unimpeded commerce transiting through the maritime domain, while deterring those who would restrict it or act in a manner that might place it at risk.”

The Philippines has been looking to the United States for military and political support as part of efforts to protect its claims to West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) waters from an increasingly assertive China.

Both generals called for a “rules-based approach in resolving competing claims in maritime areas by peaceful means — within the framework of international law”.

Though the statement did not mention China, the Philippines has accused Beijing of endangering Asian peace and maritime commerce through its claims over most of the West Philippine Sea, including areas close to the coast of the Philippines.

While the United States has insisted it does not take sides in the dispute, it has been seeking to rebuild its military footprint in the Philippines, a military ally since 1951, as part of President Barack Obama’s strategic “pivot” to Asia.

“We expect a robust, balanced and responsive security partnership… (through) mutually beneficial bilateral military training, exercises and operations, provided by an increased rotational and temporary presence of US military forces operating from Armed Forces of the Philippines-controlled facilities,” the statement said.

The allies held talks in Manila on August 14 to draw up rules for temporary deployments of more US forces and military assets in the Philippines.

The negotiations are scheduled to resume in Washington before the end of the month.

The Philippines had hosted tens of thousands of US soldiers at two bases near Manila, but they were forced to leave in 1992 after the Philippine Senate voted to end their lease contracts amid strong anti-American sentiment.

A new agreement in 1999 allowed US troops to return to the Philippines for joint military exercises every year.

US special forces have also been rotating through the southern Philippines since 2002 to help local soldiers who are fighting Islamic militants.

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  • johndoe_phil

    Use pork barrel for our defense research and development.

  • PagpagLasangPino-cchio

    Give the Pino cchio Navy ships and planes and they will only ram those ships on other ships. Why? Mga lasinggo galing inuman the likes of Sulpicio Lines and what happened lately. Hindi lang lasinggo pero nandoon ang ugaling kumpiansa (no sense of seriousness) ng mga koykoys natin.

    The maintenance and upkeep of these ships will be the cash cows of PN admirals and those in the know. Halos mansiones at sangkatutak na negosyo ang mga pamilya mga yan pagkatapos.

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Itatali ka Sir Pervert, sa harap ng PLAN na barko, pain para sa pating!

  • PagpagLasangPino-cchio

    Mga Koykoys natin, time to join the Phil Navy bec this will be the thing in the next few years. War is looming in the S CHina Sea. Join your local Naval Reserve Component.
    Marcha na mga koykoys natin…..

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Tamang-tama kang gawing pain sa pating! Saan mo gustong ilagay ang bingwit, sa pwet as usual? HAHAHAHAHA!!

  • delpillar

    South Korea has a dispute with China also.

    Other than friendly ties between Korea and the Philippines (and so with their people), SK can offer more military aid to the Philippines.

    http:// asw DOT newpacificinstitute DOT org/?p=10613

    http:// asw DOT newpacificinstitute DOT org/?p=11549

    http:// koreanewsonline DOT blogspot DOT jp/2011/11/skorea-and-argentina-to-have-huge.html#.UhjSN3_cDCo

    • hello stupids

      most Korean have relative in China and always get on well with each other.
      SK have limited military for defenses only and I don’t think they will offer any military aid to the Philippines.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You’re talking about Kim’s Korea, not the progressive part. Moron way of thinking again! LOL!!

  • delpillar

    Military Dimensions of Japan-Vietnam Cooperation on the Rise

    http:// www DOT worldpoliticsreview DOT com/trend-lines/12925/global-insider-military-dimensions-of-japan-vietnam-cooperation-on-the-rise

    http:// vietnamnews DOT vn/politics-laws/238284/vietnam-japan-boost-defence-cooperation.html

    • hello stupids

      Vietnam happy to cooperate with all the Asean country and China except Philippines

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Yeah, same as they “cooperated” in kicking your arse in 1979 & then your claws in Cambodia, moron! LOL!!!

  • delpillar

    Japan Coast Guard to pick up retiring Japan-NAVY four (4) Hatsuyuki-class destroyers plus two other MINESWEEPERS just for the SENKAKU ISLANDS protection from CHINA:

    http:// jsw DOT newpacificinstitute DOT org/?p=10821

    • hello stupids

      these got nothing to do with the Philippines.

      • delpillar

        Japan NAVY will be decommissioning a lot of ships because She wants to build more NEW SHIPS with modern design and equipment.

        The 10 Large Patrol Vessels to be donated (or sold at a very friendly price) to the Philippines will be part of the ASSEMBLY LINE that will build more ships for the Japanese Navy.

        The Constitution of Japan limit the number of ships actively running. So more second-hand ship will be given to the Philippines from Japan.

        The first Totally-FREE older (used) SHIROTOKO-CLASS patrol vessel will be given to the Philippines in December this year.

      • hello stupids

        the deal have been call off that is politic

        Philippines can’t pay back even without interest

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid!

        We will have enough Hamiltons to defeat your “Made in China” (means cheap) navy.

      • hello stupids

        hello none of those Hamilton can’t even beat those speed boat of China and China will keep them in bay.
        U got 2 now are U dare to get into the 12nm of any islands in South China Sea ?

      • zdrx

        china made sure they have the “best weapons” against us. we filipinos only need some scraps to face off mighty china…and that’s how seriously we regard chinese threat. aren’t you insulted by that? LOL

      • hello stupids

        face off……the Chinese coast guard patrolling the 9 dash lines .where is the Philippines vessels
        knock knock

      • zdrx

        just wait and see. your 9 dash line, drawn by your cartoonist in 1948 will soon be gone.

      • hello stupids

        hello it is impose by now.only your Hamilton is gone

      • zdrx

        i said just wait and see

      • hello stupids

        wait isn’t a good word for the Philippines
        It take 3 months for your government To say sorry to the Taiwanese fisherman family It take 3 yrs for your government to say sorry to the hk tours victims family

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        It’s taking forever to apologize to the Tibetans (no shet again that they’re chinese too!)! What a jerk & moron! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Accidents do happen.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        So why haven’t you tried boarding the large number of vessels sailing thru it? Empty chinklish blabber & everybody knows it!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        The PLAN run at the sight of another vessel, even a rowboat!! HAHAHA!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        we don’t have to use our own patrols we can just outsource them from the US. No sweat.

      • Mario_Garcia

        Never fear, we have the US. Let us allow them to install nuclear weapons and make the first strike at Beijing to finish them off once and for all.

      • jorgii0550

        Perhaps you should ask Thailand how their made in China warships are faring.

      • hello stupids

        they can finished Philippines in no times

      • warillaman

        retard, try it then finish us, you have no balls, just slaves easily killed by their own commie masters, he,he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Chinklish blabber again! You are so affected by kuru, you will eat an airplane! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        We can first clean our land by killing all the Chinese in our islands.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Nakakaistorbo ka lang dito. Singit ka ng singit, halatang badaf na epal ka. Tsupi dyan!

      • Mario_Garcia

        The reply is POOR.

      • Pedring2

        Go home and eat your daily ration of fetus.

      • hello stupids

        those fetus for pigmy like U to eat to cure the TB

      • warillaman

        fetus eating slaves of your commie masters, are you done building your stupid wall retard chink, ???? he,he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        No wonder your a moron! Cannibalism causes kuru a form of brain rot so now you know why you’re a moron!!

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid Tsekwa!

        China has number 1 incidence of TB!

      • warillaman

        and where is your made in china cheap boats of yours, I could not see them anywhere in panatag shoal??? we don’t need our hamilton class ships, just typhoons will do, he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Can’t even take Quemoy only 1.5 miles from your shores, now you brag about your PLAN? You really are a moron!!

      • hello stupids

        where is those Hamilton now .
        banana and coconut are very expensive isn’t it ?
        of course it mean everything to U pygmy

      • Pedring2

        We will humiliate you with just a few Hamiltons. Just wait, thief.

      • hello stupids

        U only have 2 not a few Hamilton cutters
        Philippines are thief without ashamed
        U still have 8 islands have to be return
        People will humiliate U like what U imagining before killing so many Japanese with coconuts and bananas

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid Chink!

        Go back to school and learn better Chinklish.

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid!

        Have you taken your fetus soup today?

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid mongoloid!

        Go back to school and learn better Chinklish!

      • hello stupids

        chinklish is the language we order those dump pygmy ofw to work.U better learn it now or U will never get a job

      • warillaman

        he,he,he, retard chink we don’t work to build stupid walls in chinksland, too polluted there, and full of chinks slaves, he,he,he,he

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Chinkless is your only weapon to obscure & confuse others(hurry up with the dictionary!) ! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        After we bomb Beijing, we’ll stage another massacre like that of Nanjing.

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid!

        Go back to school and learn better Chinglish.

      • warillaman

        2 hamilton class and already humiliated, he,he,he, get the other islands in paracel first before you can reach spratley, he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Chinglish blabber, your best weapon! You are spreading your moronness & so retarded you don’t even realize it! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        But we have the US, the greatest power in the world by our side.

      • hello stupids

        Oh yes what a humiliate.your Hamilitions are playing hide and seek .aren’t they suppose to do something for the natural disaster where are they now when Manila is cover with waters.

      • warillaman

        retard chink, that is why you’re the idiot and dumb, he,he,he,he, you use speedboats in your floods and landslides in chinksland, and you still have to use your slaves to build that stupid wall, he,he,he,he,

      • Mario_Garcia

        The US should fire its ICBMs to destroy the so-called Great Wall, it should be called the Great Shame. Only three missiles needed to bring the Chinese to its knees. One at Beijing, one in Shanghai and one in Hongkong.

      • warillaman

        why would we show it to you, retard chink?? where is your made in china sunken boats now, retard???he,he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        You can start canning those dead pigs rotting in your rivers so you will have something to eat! LOL!!

      • warillaman

        who said that, you???? deal is still on, retard chink, go build your stupid wall chink, he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Moronic gibberish comment not worth answering! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        No need to build more ships, just fire all the available nuclear missiles to finish the issue.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        all of the available ones the philippines has good luck can i watch when you launch them in your bancas

      • Mario_Garcia

        Beware of our floating coconuts they are all nuclear.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        In your drug-induced dreams! You’re just getting in the way, you arsefocking syoke! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Animals like you don’t dream.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        And a tapeworm like you does?

      • Mario_Garcia

        Don’t be so angry, your blood pressure might shoot up. Oops, I forget you’re a cold blooded animal with lots of parasites clinging to it, how gross!!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        No problem! Just had a physical at Camp Pendleton before retiring & I”ve been dealing with parasites like you for a long time!

      • zdrx

        but it has everything to do with china…don’t divert the topic.

      • hello stupids

        it have nothing to do with China too.
        Japan do not need the approval from China
        as long as the Japanese people not against it
        it is your imagination again

      • zdrx

        you really don’t get it. del pilar meant to say that those jap destroyers will soon be assigned as coast guards. it means no more water cannons at senkaku. it will be direct missile firing against your navy ships intrusions. you provoke the japs, and made them angry. now the japs are sending a signal that WAR IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN…and still you don’t get it. poor thickhead chap…too dense to understand.

      • Mario_Garcia

        Tie Japan with us too in the war against China. Lets call the alliance together in one big fight. Maybe we should consider importing nuclear weapons.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Fock your drug-induced comments! Grow up you mothefocker!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        By your comments, it seems that you’re just being childish, grow up kid.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        And you can’t see yourself? WW3? Nukes?

      • Mario_Garcia

        See you in hell, you filthy animal.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Go where tapeworms go to, hell’s outhouses!! lol!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        are you referring to yourself tapey?

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Gaya-gaya, say something original. Your parasitic instinct shows!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Yes, we will stick to you until you die or dry up.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        We? Who’s your imaginary friend, parasite? HAHAHAHAHA!!

      • warillaman

        he,he,he, still don’t get it, well, what do you expect from a slave who is brainless, let him build his stupid wall, he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Pang, you are fast getting known as the moron of your bunch! Read what others have commented! You’re so pathetic and unintellegible you should be dumped in a barrel at the Scarborough Shoals! HAHAHAHA!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Stop talking and urge our government to declare war with China and don’t forget to tie America with our cause. Let the US fight our war now as we have fought many of theirs in the past.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Don’t butt in on my troll-bashing! I’m having fun. You want something done, do it yourself!

      • Mario_Garcia

        nice butt you got.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Are you an arselover like Pang? If you want to be in the crossfire, no regrets, you’ve been warned!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Just want to kick yours, thanks for the warning.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Well, I’ll have pang there do yours, you need some bagoong to get you high again?

      • Mario_Garcia

        So that’s the way you stayed high – with bagoong in your butt.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Yun ang payo sa iyong mga comment sa ibaba na walang kabuluhan! Mahirap ang duwag, puro lang paki sa iba! Tamad na, sira pa at halos maglulukso para mapansin! Epal ka lang na arsefocker na klabing! Grow up you fockheaded shet!! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        Bakit galit ka??? At walang masabing may kabuluhan, Panggugulo lang yung mga sinabi mo. I won’t stoop to your pathetic level. Poor animal.

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        E puro ka lang pa-epal dito, kita nang me tinitira kaming 50c troll, singit ka ng singit, tie this, tie that, do this, do that! You’re even lower than an animal. I would compare you to a parasitic tapeworm!

      • Mario_Garcia

        By your screen name alone, I should have known what a bast ard you are… pathetic!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Say it in full, don;t be modest…Focking scavenging tapeworm!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        b a s t a r d

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Scavenging parasite! LOL!!

      • Mario_Garcia

        yeah, we’ll to you till you dry up. hahaha

      • crazy_horse_101010

        and the usa was with you when you fought them wars are you going to be there when we fight yours. oh korea was the united nations not america. ww2 was all of asia without america you would be japanese now because japan wanted all of asia ask thailand who was a kingdom but got enslaved.

      • Mario_Garcia

        Yes, United Nations led by America, if America did not fight the Korean War then the communists would have taken over the peninsula which will be a great threat to the free world. We fought under your command.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        hey stupid you have nothing to do with the philippines but you re here shooting off your big mouth with lies

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        The guns are to be aimed on your head & the missiles at your arse, moron!
        HAHAHAHA!!

  • delpillar

    US approved $24 Million Philippine Armament upgrade plus 3rd Hamilton Warship

    http:// www DOT naval-technology DOT com/news/newsus-philippine-receive-mk38-mod-2-guns-bae

    http:// koreanewsonline DOT blogspot DOT jp/2012/10/us-approved-24-million-philippine.html

    • hello stupids

      there is only 4 Hamilton cutter have been built
      2 in Philippines
      1 in Nigeria
      1in Bangladesh

      where is the third one for Philippines?

      • delpillar

        There are 8 Hamilton built for the US Coast Guard from 1967 to 1972.

        Other than the 4 Hamiltons already sold under US-FMS, there are still 4 Hamilton Ships presently serving the US Coast Guard.

        One will be decommissioned before the end of this year, one will be next year, the last two Hamilton will be decommissioned in 2016-2018.

      • hello stupids

        there is only 4 and that’s it

        the one Philippines just received was decommissioned in 1992

      • delpillar

        if you have time, you study and read more ok?

      • hello stupids

        U know what so call a beggar
        the US is given U somethings abandon for free already.
        shouldn’t the American give Philippines the 7 fleets too

        are U really want to have wars
        third world country pygmy
        U don’t even know how to make any weapons

        .

      • crazy_horse_101010

        hello stupid and i mean stupid you are the biggest moron here

      • warillaman

        Just try to invade us retard chink and see how we are ready for war,
        we don’t make guns is better than stealing and copying guns from others he,he,he,

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Foiled again? Your facts are just like your arguments, just chinglish blabber coming from a brainless skull! Work on your chinglish, you should be hung by your fellow trolls for murdering the language! LOL!

      • zdrx

        you may think we don’t know how to make weapons…BUT WE KNOW HOW TO KILL.

        but what purpose are those weapons for…but TO KILL isn’t it? just imagine a peaceful neighborhood, with countries respecting each other …do we need weapons in that scenario? now that our country is being bullied and arms ourselves…do you want a philippines that is dangerous and armed to the teeth?

        so, in the end, we know how to make weapons…but lacks interest because WE DON’T WANT TO KILL. but if pushed to the corner… you may not want what we are capable of.

      • warillaman

        You can’t argue with a retard chink, all they know is how to build a stupid wall in chains being slaves feed with fetus soup every damned day of their lives.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        there is 8 retard and america is still using some. when you make stupiod remarks you should read first then you wouldnt look so much like a idiot yeah right to late for that

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Your brain was decommissioned long before that! ROTFL!!

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Still sailing inside your arse, moron! HAHAHAHA!!

  • Walter_Peterson

    “We resolve to… strengthen the Southeast Asia security environment in a
    manner that protects the interests of all who value unimpeded commerce
    transiting through the maritime domain, while deterring those who would
    restrict it or act in a manner that might place it at risk.”

    A carefully worded statement by which the US avoids recognizing any nation’s claim to the islands, but implicitly acknowledges that China’s claim to all of them would place most, if not all, of the South China Sea in China’s territorial waters, to the detriment of international free passage.

  • PagpagLasangPino-cchio

    TO the delpillarios and Pandekokos, time to join the Phil Navy and be assigned in S CHina Sea. This is the moment of a lifetime to guard the high seas . The war in Mindanao vs Moros and NPA s have passed . The future war is in the S CHina Sea.

    • crazy_horse_101010

      god another village idiot has arrived the azz loving chinese kiss azzwho is a backstabber and traitor maybe stupid inc and you can have a three some together because you will never find a real woman who wont puke looking at the three of you

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Sir Pervert to the forefront of the chink assault force! He will be tied to the bow of the first PLAN ship which unfortunately will be the target of a Harpoon missile programmed to go up his arse! LOL!!

  • joboni96

    1 pang collaborator si bautista
    humalik sa anemic aaasss ng imperyalista at ibinenta ang bayan

    libre ng labas masok ang mga barko ng imperyalista
    sa internal territorial waters natin

    dadami pa ang sasadsad na barkong imperyalista
    sisira sa ating kapaligiran tulad sa tubbataha

    patuloy ang recolonization ng bayan natin
    courtesy of collaborators

    tutulan at pigilan natin itong pagwasak
    sa ating soberenya sa ano mang pamamaraan

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