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 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 hopes 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 comments 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.