AFP too weak to fight China re: island dispute

The country’s highest ranking defense official stood his ground on the Philippine claim to the West Philippine Sea in the face of opposing claims from China, but admitted the Philippine military was too weak to muscle past the dispute.

In a chance interview in Quezon City on Saturday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stood firm that the West Philippine Sea is “still ours,” as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and a 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague favoring the Philippines in the dispute.

SOURCE: Jaymee T. Gamil (2018). Lorenzana: Seas ours but PH military weak. @jgamilINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer. 05:16 AM November 25, 2018. Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

The Spratly Islands dispute is an ongoing territorial dispute between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, concerning "ownership" of the Spratly Islands, a group of islands and associated "maritime features" (reefs, banks, cays, etc.) located in the South China Sea. The dispute is characterised by diplomatic stalemate and the employment of military pressure techniques (such as military occupation of disputed territory) in the advancement of national territorial claims. All except Brunei occupy some of the maritime features.

SOURCE: Spratly Islands dispute. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Maj. Gen. Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, AFP is the 36th Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines. Lorenzana graduated from the Philippine Military Academy's "Maagap" class of 1973. A Special Operations Command, Presidential Security Group and Light Armored Brigade Commander.

SOURCE: Delfin Lorenzana. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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