28 Mar '11, 12pm

Philippines steps up presence in South China Sea via @AddThis Tensions reemerging nearly Spratly/Nansha islands...

Philippines steps up presence in South China Sea via @AddThis Tensions reemerging nearly Spratly/Nansha islands...

General Eduardo Oban said the army had about 8 billion pesos (S$233 million) for a capability upgrade programme, 'so we can really safeguard our interest, particularly in the area'. -- PHOTO: AFP MANILA - THE Philippines has increased air and naval patrols and plans to upgrade an airstrip on an island it occupies in the South China Sea to strengthen its claim on the disputed area, the military chief said on Monday. General Eduardo Oban said the army had about 8 billion pesos (S$233 million) for a capability upgrade programme, 'so we can really safeguard our interest, particularly in the area'. The funds will be used to buy faster boats, long-range maritime aircraft, surveillance and communications equipment and repair of facilities in the Spratly Islands, he said. China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan each claim all or parts of the Spratlys, an area ...

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