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
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.