Filipinos build navy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Philip­pines is plan­ning a 25 per cent in­crease in its de­fence bud­get next year, mainly to bol­ster its claims in the dis­puted South China Sea, of­fi­cials said yesterday. The pro­posed 2016 na­tional bud­get will be pre­sented by Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino to par­lia­ment for ap­proval on Mon­day. Funds would be used to ac­quire navy frigates and pa­trol air­craft, bud­get and de­fence of­fi­cials said. “We need to pro­tect what is clearly within our ter­ri­to­rial ju­ris­dic­tion,” Bud­get Sec­re­tary Floren­cio Abad said.

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