• Palace: No arms race over sea row

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    Malacañang on Wednesday said Manila will not engage in an arms race and will continue employing the “rules-based and diplomatic approach” in peacefully resolving the issues concerning the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

    Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. was reacting to a statement made by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who projected the possibility of an arms race among claimant countries in the disputed territories.

    China claims most of the South China Sea, overlapping with areas the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan deem to be their territory.

    Coloma said Carpio may have a reasonable basis for his analysis but the Philippines is focused on coming up with a peaceful solution to its dispute with China.

    Carpio on Tuesday said countries with claims to areas in the South China Sea will beef up their military presence and capabilities until the international arbitral tribunal makes a ruling on the maritime dispute.

    He was at the Senate on Tuesday where he gave a closed-door briefing to senators on the West Philippine Sea issue.

    The executive department has asked Congress to increase defense and security spending in the 2016 budget and cited the threat posed by China.

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    1. silently build our capability. It should more than just few airplanes and ships. It should be more comprehensive so that country like China will think twice before attacking.
      We shoud pursue missile technology that can reach Mainland China, and nearby region.Progessively, we should purse nucler power and technology to preserve peace.

      We need to have MRIV to confuse Chinese radar. We should have first or second strike capability both Nucler and massive amount of missiles.

      We should have submarines that can fire cruise missles.

      Our iiary camps as well as chain of command must have a back-up plan to ensure the communication with all AFP units are intact in the event of missile attack so that we can respond to any aggressors.

      Our muliatry leaders should have the foresight to plan for these eventualities.

    2. yeah but we still need modern weapons systems. can you trust china? do you really believe the US will protect our EEZ. it does not look like it. all nothing but surveillance. we have a pussy government and a failed state.

    3. even if the palace engages china in an arms race, where in the hell does the palace think the budget will come from to even buy the required military hardware? from china itself? why does the palace even think of this things?