Philippines And Japan Conducts Search And Rescue Drills

 

Philippines and Japan conducts a search and rescue drills in the

West Philippine Sea.

 

The Search and Rescue drills were conducted by the Philippines

and Japan despite the objections of China in such military

training activity in the West Philippine sea.

 

The Japanese newest maritime surveillance plane flew followed

by the Philippine Navy’s Islander plane to conduct a search

and rescue drills.

 

3 Philippine Navy personnel embarked on the Japanese P3 Orion.

 

The Japanese P3 Orion flew 50 nautical miles Northwest of the

the province of Palawan in the direction of Recto Bank.

 

Recto Bank is believed to be rich in oil and natural gas more

than Malampaya.

 

Lu Kang, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said

that China hope that relevant sides would not deliberately hype

up or even create the so called tension in the region.

 

Comdr.Hiromi Hamano of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and

his Philippine counterpart refuse to give comment when

interviewed by media.

 

The Philippine government is very eager and looking forward to

having a Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan.

 

Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said that the purpose of the intended

Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan is to have a minimum

credible deterrence not directed at any particular country.

 

Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel and Former DFA Under Secretary

Lauro Baja said that the Philippines and Japan having a Visiting Forces

Agreement is good for the country.

 

Aquilino Pimentel further said that any future Visiting Forces

Agreement with Japan should clearly say that any offense committed

by visiting forces within the territory of the Philippines should

be under the jurisdiction of the Philippine Courts.

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