US PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR SURVEILLANCE OF RP COAST
President Aquino appeared to have obtained what he ventured to get from the United States in his official visit which is more surplus military hardware from the world superpower but likely at the cost of further incensing China which suspects the US of trying to encircle the emerging rival and in exchange for his unqualified support to the American government’s policy to pivot most of its forces in the Asia Pacific.
In a statement, US President Barack Obama pledged US support for Aquino’s efforts to upgrade the notoriously antiquated Philippine military and build a “minimum credible defense posture.”
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the US will support the setting up of a National Coast Watch System, which involves intelligence exchanges on maritime domain issues and funding for the construction of the National Coast Watch Center, as well as equipment and training..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune