Aquino: Asean navy meeting to solidify ties, protect common seas

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President Benigno S. Aquino III during the press briefing on the attacks in Zamboanga City by suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels. The president attended the 7th ASEAN Navy Chiefs Meeting here in Raffles & Fairmont Hotel, Makati City. LYN RILLON/INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines – Amid a maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Philippine Navy is hosting the annual Asean Navy Chiefs Meeting, an activity which aims to further enhance the degree of cooperation and interoperability among the navies in the region.

The formal opening ceremony was held at Raffles Fairmont Hotel in Makati City on Tuesday with President Benigno Aquino III as guest of honor and speaker.

The activity, which will be held from September 9 to 11, also aims to promote regional maritime security and stability through initiatives.

Participants are chiefs of navies from Brunei, Cambodian, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.

Other than the Philippines, claimants of the West Philippine Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Aquino said that with this kind of meetings “we can make progress on that front—where we can truly solidify our ties and protect our common seas,” but without referring to the conflict in West Philippine Sea.

“The end in sight: Freedom of navigation, the safety of commercial vessels, and the security of their civilian passengers, all of which are especially important given the Asean Economic Community, which we intend to establish by 2015. This is precisely what all of us here want to ensure; and it gives me great optimism that all of you are here to talk and listen to each other about how we can better pursue these goals,” he said.

The first Asean Navy Chiefs Meeting was held in Thailand in 2001.

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  • disqusted0fu

    Sadly the PH is at the bottom among the members of the ASEAN. And with the kind of leadership (or lack thereof) that we have now, it’s unlikely that we will be climbing the ladder. That’s why the PH is not really getting the support that it needs.

  • hello stupids

    “The end in sight: Freedom of navigation, the safety of commercial
    vessels, and the security of their civilian passengers, all of which are
    especially
    what about the sovereignty hello !!! Oh not a single word

  • Guest

    OGAG talaga hindi kaya nya nahalatang busog at malaki pang tyan ng ASEAN memebers sa katatapos na ASEAN EXPOsa CHINa.

  • Grace Jiang

    Asean is not structured to address Chinese criminal and lawless behavior/acts. They have been and will be easily exploited by aggressive and dishonest Chinese government with their significant financial resources. Several members are run by corrupted governments, ready and willing to sell out for material and short-term gains.
    An united Asean is not possible and more importantly, unnecessary. With Japan and India showing firm opposition to Chinese expansionism, what South East Asia needs are Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam to stand side by side with the courageous Philippines. Once a coordinated strategy are agreed to and executed, many hesitant and intimidated countries will switch over including Australia, Malaysia and Thailand.
    The Philippines has enough political courage to confront China and sets example for others to follow, your economy is growing fastest among many Asian countries which will allow you to rebuild your armed forces, the international communities are much more supportive of your position and gradually exposed to Chinese imperialistic adventurism… This is a struggle of endurance and right vs.wrong, of national sovereignty and big vs. small and with much difficulties, sufferings, destruction ahead. Filipino people must now prepare to support your government through all ups and downs until the bully China gets stopped in their track and/or the Chinese people make their much needed regime change.

  • avmphil

    As I see it, Pnoy may make a honest pitch for ASEAN solidarity. But when it comes to “combatant” allies, especially against China, it’s a forgone dream that Indonesia and Singapore will come aboard when the need demands. Diplomatic overtures can be expected from these 2 countries. And that’s that. Talking about the Vietnamese to come into the fold with this new concept. The nips are high to get a “fighting “ alliance with the Philippines especially now, with 2 parallel nations that needs an unobstructed passageway without restrictions on their custom regular routes along the West Philippines Sea. But what if the chips are high and China works out bilateral arrangements with the Vietnamese, will they (the Vietnamese) come aboard? To sum it all, the best defense is to equip the AFP a ready firepower machinery and strategic logistic centers throughout this nation’s porous coastal regions.

  • Andrew PC

    You mean..someone actually (really) listening to this flip-flopping chief clown of Philippines ?

  • bugoybanggers

    Taiwan should not be included here, obvious to say their claim is well away way way from their 200mi EEZ. Taiwan is CHINA thus don’t let them join as part of this.

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