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Philippine Marines’ New Operating Concept Highlights Their Growing National Security Role
May 06, 2021

Philippine Marines’ New Operating Concept Highlights Their Growing National Security Role

By Rej Cortez Torrecampo
A preview of how the Philippine Marine Corps will operate in the current and future security environment.

Duterte Hedges as China Challenges in the South China Sea
April 30, 2021

Duterte Hedges as China Challenges in the South China Sea

By Nick Aspinwall
Manila asserted its right to conduct military drills in the South China Sea, but President Duterte continues to approach the issue with caution.
Chinese Militia Vessels Departing Contested South China Sea Reef
April 15, 2021

Chinese Militia Vessels Departing Contested South China Sea Reef

By Steven Stashwick
Over 200 Chinese ships occupied Whitsun Reef for several weeks. Only a handful remain.

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over South China Sea Tensions
April 15, 2021

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over South China Sea Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
More than 200 Chinese vessels continue to lurk around disputed features in the Spratly Islands.

Malaysia, Vietnam Set to Pen Agreement on Maritime Security
April 07, 2021

Malaysia, Vietnam Set to Pen Agreement on Maritime Security

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement marks a step forward in attempts to settle distracting bilateral disputes between Southeast Asian nations in the South China Sea.

A Philippine Plebiscite That Rebuked President Duterte and China
March 26, 2021

A Philippine Plebiscite That Rebuked President Duterte and China

By Mong Palatino
Voters' rejection of a plan to subdivide the island of Palawan into three provinces has been hailed as a victory against oligarchy and foreign encroachment.

Philippines Shelves Plan for South China Sea Fishing Militia
November 06, 2020

Philippines Shelves Plan for South China Sea Fishing Militia

By Sebastian Strangio
There were fears that the plan to assemble civilian militias to defend maritime claims could be "misconstrued" in Beijing.
Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration
October 16, 2020

Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration

By Associated Press
The decision comes after a six-year hiatus on oil and gas exploration in areas west of the Philippines.

New Vessel Arrival Highlights Philippine Naval Modernization
August 23, 2019

New Vessel Arrival Highlights Philippine Naval Modernization

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The arrival of a donated South Korean vessel spotlighted the Southeast Asian state’s ongoing efforts to develop its capabilities in this realm.

Defense Dialogue Puts Vietnam-Philippines Military Ties into Focus
August 13, 2019

Defense Dialogue Puts Vietnam-Philippines Military Ties into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The recent iteration of the mechanism highlighted some of the ongoing activity in defense relations.

Indonesia-Philippines Maritime Boundary Agreement Wins Senate Approval 
June 06, 2019

Indonesia-Philippines Maritime Boundary Agreement Wins Senate Approval 

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The unanimous vote in the Philippine Senate once again put the historic development in the spotlight.
What’s in the New Philippines-Cambodia Defense Meeting?
March 27, 2019

What’s in the New Philippines-Cambodia Defense Meeting?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Both countries finally held the inaugural iteration of a new defense meeting earlier this month.

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