National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said a new defense partnership is needed and the capabilities of defense personnel must be enhanced to maintain a credible deterrence posture.
„I’m not a ship captain, but you can clearly tell that they were dangerously close. And if something goes wrong, who’s to blame? We’re moving straight and taking our ships. So who’s irresponsible? The answer is obvious,” Teodoro said.
He said redeployment operations would continue despite the „harassment” and that the country’s naval assets must be nimble to protect its territorial waters, The Philippine Star reported.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Marieke Carlson, who attended the commissioning event, said, „At a critical time in the maritime security environment, the ships provide real, strategic benefit not only to the Philippines, but to our alliance and the region.” The Indo-Pacific is increasingly complex.
But claims that the Philippines is being used as a „proxy war tool” by other countries against China amid continuing tensions were dismissed by Senator Francis Tolentino over the weekend.
„This is not a proxy war because our ally is not only the United States, but Japan is our ally, Australia is our ally, England is our ally, Europe is our ally. I also mentioned that in recent weeks, India has emerged as an ally,” Tolentino said. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
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