Deadline all the time

breaking news stories, photos, and video

Diplomacy still the way to go in Spratlys–naval official

leave a comment »

‘We can’t fight a war’

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:30:00 03/11/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Diplomacy is still the way to go in the disputed Spratly Islands because the Philippine military has no capability to wage war with other countries, the vice commander of the Philippine Navy conceded on Tuesday.

“My view is diplomacy is better than going to war,” Rear Admiral Amable Tolentino said. “Let us admit it, let’s be realistic. We can’t match the [military] capability of other countries.”

“We avoid war as much as possible. [Whenever there is] an exploitation of resources by each country, when their jurisdictions overlap, there is a possibility of war. So if there is diplomacy, there is dialogue, and that is better than going to war,” Tolentino told reporters at Navy headquarters in Manila.

Tolentino said the Philippines has around 60 military personnel in the Spratlys, 30 of whom are on Pagasa Island, the only Philippine-occupied island in the chain with an airstrip.

Questions have been raised about the constitutionality of the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) between the Philippines, China, and Vietnam, which media reports allege was entered into in exchange for a hefty loan package from China.

Administration critics claim the JMSU amounted to the country’s surrender of sovereignty.

View article as posted on


Written by joelguinto

TueUTC2008-03-11T08:04:06+00:00UTC03bUTCTue, 11 Mar 2008 08:04:06 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am03

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: