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INQToday: AFP confirms, hits China’s ‘intrusive patrols’ in West Philippine Sea

/ 12:46 PM June 25, 2024

Here’s a quick roundup of today’s top stories:

AFP confirms, hits China’s ‘intrusive patrols’ in West Philippine Sea

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday confirmed the presence of China Coast Guard’s “monster ship” near a naval outpost in Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

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AFP Spokesperson Col. Francel Margareth Padilla said the ship’s presence near BRP Sierra Madre is part of “intrusive patrols” of China.

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US welcomes Leila de Lima acquittal on last drug case

The United States has welcomed the acquittal of former Senator Leila de Lima on her last drug-related case, urging the Philippine government to resolve politically motivated cases in a manner consistent with its international human rights obligations.

“The United States remains committed to working with the Philippines to strengthen democracy and human rights around the world,” US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement.

Senators optimistic about passage of ROTC bill

Senate Majority Leader Francis Tolentino and Sen. Ronald dela Rosa have expressed confidence that the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) bill will be approved in the upper chamber.

Tolentino said he believes there are enough votes for the passage of Senate Bill No. 2034, which seeks to make the ROTC program mandatory for tertiary students enrolled in higher learning and vocational institutions.

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TAGS: AFP, China, De Lima drug cases, drug case, Leila de Lima, ROTC

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