Newest Philippine Navy warship arriving on August 3

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The BRP Alcaraz, the second warship acquired by the Philippine government from Washington, will arrive in the country on August 3.

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In a statement released Thursday, the Philippine Embassy in Washington said Philippine Consul General to Los Angeles Maria Hellen Barber de La Vega and members of the Filipino community welcomed The Alcaraz as it arrived at the 52nd US Naval Base in San Diego, California on June 29.

The Philippine Navy’s second Hamilton class cutter is the sister ship of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which was acquired by the Philippines under the Excess Defense Article and Military Assistance Program.

The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was acquired in August 2011, and was sent last year in the middle of the standoff with Chinese vessels in the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea.

The Alcaraz arrived in San Diego on June 28 after travelling 2,000 nautical miles from Charleston in South Carolina.

It has 14 officers and 74 crew led by Captain Ernesto Baldovino.

“The ship is capable of conducting patrols for long periods of time and can withstand heavy weather and rough sea conditions,” the statement said.

It was named after Commodore Ramon Alcaraz, a Philippine Navy officer, who distinguished himself during the Second World War when the patrol boat he commanded was credited for shooting down three Japanese aircraft.

De La Vega said that Alcaraz is a “fitting acquisition for the AFP’s modernization program, and enhances the naval assets of the country.”

The new warship arrives amid the ever-increasing territorial tensions between the Philippines and China.

Manila is a long-standing ally of Washington in the Asia Pacific region. It has repeatedly banked on its decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) in the face of China’s aggressiveness in the region despite a lack of an actual commitment from the United States that it will come to the Philippines’ aid in case armed conflict erupts.

 

 

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  1. To say something like impossible for us to progress is somewhat unacceptable, as impossible can only be found in the dictionary of fools. We are not that fool, only timid and corrupt. Remove those factors and see how we fare with our prospering neighbors.

    Even a very small amendment to some provision of our constitution for the Americans/Japanese to base their troops and hardware inside our country needs a congressional/senate intervention, how much more of handling them the whole nation?

    • Ka_Labog,

      You are absolutely right that removing corruption should make us fare well with our prospering neighbors. But, is there a way to remove corruption in the Philippines? Removing corruption in our country seems to be just simply a theoretical viewpoint. It has been 67 years since independence, yet, our government is deeply rooted in corruption, while Japan, South Korea, etc have prospered.

      We have no more time to get rid of corruption, even for Congress to debate or argue. China is now in our shores, if Spratly Islands, etc. is consider our shores. We need to stand up now and fight, but how? We say that we protect our sovereignty and drive those Chinese out. But, with what.

      Of course, we know the answer. Bring back the United States right now and let them use our bases. At the same time, let us apply for Philippine statehood.

  2. BRP Alcaraz is a good addition to our capability. But, it is not really the answer of our hope of standing up against China. We have to realize that we are poor and living in poverty. How can we maintain a fleet to fight China!

    To maintain a fleet that China will respect, we have to have money. But, this is impossible. We have had our independence since 1946. And, since that time we have been inching towards the state of helplessness that we are in today. We are an impoverished nation – we have no money. Yes, we now have a BRP Alcaraz, but this is second-hand. Not enough to fight China.

    In late 1960’s and early 1970’s, this was a movement called Philippine Statehood, U.S.A. I was one of those who worked for this movement. When I went the forms for the petition for statehood to our barrio, these were filled out in less than two days.

    We missed the opportunity to be one of the states of the United States, because our Filipino leaders opted for independence. We now know that that was a very big mistake. Independence has bought us into grinding poverty. We cannot fight China. It’s time to revive that movement statehood. This is the best way to counter China.