The Philippine Navy has launched its "active archipelagic strategy" to defend and secure the country's territory in the face of China's aggressiveness over the disputed West Philippine Sea, said Naval Chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano.
However, Alano refused to elaborate about the naval effort in
asserting its mission following Beijing's fishing rule in the disputed
waters it claimed to be as part of its territory.
According to Alano, their security effort has been there and was not
in response to the posturing of the Chinese over the resource-rich
“This (active archipelagic strategy security plan) is something that
has already been there. As we do that, we are creating more prosperity.
And with prosperity more things needs to be secure for our people,”
Alano said when asked by newsmen if the naval operational plan was in
response to the Chinese domination and control of the disputed
Alano said the Navy is developing its capability.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said the military is
willing to escort and secure Filipino fishermen following China's
Alano said the Navy continues to improve increase its capabilities
and the upgrades are in the pipeline under the modernization of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Alano has also installed Tuesday a new commander of the naval command base here.
Alano placed Rear Admiral Jesus Millan as commander of the Naval
Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), the largest navy operational command to
replace Vice Rear Admiral Isabelo Gador in a formal turn-over of
command ceremony held at the ground of Romula Espaldon naval base in
Lower Calarian in this city.
Gador was promoted to a higher position being the incoming Naval Vice Commander.
Alano, who presided over the change of command ceremony, credited
Gador’s leadership in helping quell the siege staged by the rebels of
the Nur Misuari faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in
September in this city.
The attack of the MNLF rebels was detected initially by the
patrolling naval boat following the encounter that left one of its
personnel killed and prevented possible succeeding reinforcement of the
rebels coming from Sulu and Basilan through the seas.
Alano reminded the new leadership of the NFWM of the vital role of
the base here as the Philippine Navy's largest operational command in
ensuring stability in this part of the country.
Article Source: The Philippine Star