Filipino troops ready for ‘worst-case’ in dispute with China

(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The chief of the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said  Palawan-based Filipino troops had planned for “the worst-case scenario” and were monitoring China’s reported deployment of surface-to-air missiles in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez

Vice Admiral Alexander S Lopez

Vice Admiral Alexander S Lopez said the troop alert level had not been raised but the military was “continuously monitoring developments.”

The military “plans for the worst-case scenario in specific situations and the troops under WesCom are conditioned for such instances,” he said on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming in Fort Gregorio del Pilar.

WesCom is based in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and has the responsibility of keeping an eye on the Philippines’ territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea. Read More


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