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Japan and the Philippines Increase Their Focus on Island Defense

Japan and the Philippines Increase Their Focus on Island Defense

By Christopher Woody
Growing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China seas has forced the two U.S. allies to reorient their defense strategies.

The Philippines’ $35 Billion Military Modernization Plan, Explained

The Philippines’ $35 Billion Military Modernization Plan, Explained

By James Guild
Manila is seeking to take a major step forward in the modernization of its armed forces, but current economic conditions are challenging.
Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

Philippines to Probe Recording of Alleged South China Sea Agreement

By Sebastian Strangio
The recording, released this week by the Chinese embassy in Manila, purports to lay out a "new model" for managing tensions at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands.

Philippines Deploys Warship to Palawan Island, Facing South China Sea

Philippines Deploys Warship to Palawan Island, Facing South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The deployment follows a string of stand-offs between Chinese and Philippine vessels in the disputed seaway.

The December 2023 Marawi Bombing and the Region’s Unending Terror Threat

The December 2023 Marawi Bombing and the Region’s Unending Terror Threat

By Jasminder Singh and Muhammad Haziq Jani
The deadly bombing of a Catholic Mass in Marawi City ended years of relative peace in Mindanao. It is a reminder of the need for continued vigilance.

Philippines Military to Provide ‘Unimpeded’ Access to Sea Resources, Defense Chief Says

Philippines Military to Provide ‘Unimpeded’ Access to Sea Resources, Defense Chief Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The new "comprehensive archipelagic defense concept" will seek to secure Manila's access to resources lying within its Exclusive Economic Zone, including in the South China Sea.

US, Philippines, China Begin Simultaneous South China Sea Patrols

US, Philippines, China Begin Simultaneous South China Sea Patrols

By Sebastian Strangio
The dueling patrols, which were scheduled to take place on January 3-4, encapsulate the intensifying frictions in the waterway.
‘Destabilization’ and Disunity in the Philippine Government

‘Destabilization’ and Disunity in the Philippine Government

By Mong Palatino
Turbulence in Congress and allegations of dissent among the military leadership have undermined President Marcos' "unity" administration.

Philippine Military to Create ‘Cyber Command’ to Combat Online Attacks

Philippine Military to Create ‘Cyber Command’ to Combat Online Attacks

By Sebastian Strangio
Gen. Romeo Brawner said that the country is being subject to daily attacks by malicious actors, some of them foreign.

Philippine Military Chief Replaced by Retiring General

Philippine Military Chief Replaced by Retiring General

By Jim Gomez
The government did not provide any explanation for the replacement of Lt. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro, who was supposed to serve until August 2025.

Fearing US Sanctions, Philippines Scraps Russian Helicopter Deal

Fearing US Sanctions, Philippines Scraps Russian Helicopter Deal

By Jim Gomez
The first batch of the multi-purpose Mi-17 helicopters was scheduled for delivery by Russia's Sovtechnoexport in 2024.
Will the Philippines’ President-Elect Continue the Country’s Defense Modernization?

Will the Philippines’ President-Elect Continue the Country’s Defense Modernization?

By Joshua Espeña
Domestic and international pressures may compel Marcos Jr. to continue the planned upgrades to the country’s armed forces.

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