ABSTRACT: Philippine Defense Minister Lorenzana said at a press conference Wednesday that the Philippines will not participate in the Gulf Area escort alliance initiated by the United States because of the limited naval power.
Source: Philippine Defense Minister Lorenzana
Xinhua News Agency, Manila, July 24 (Reporter Zheng Xinyuan Mengchen) According to Philippine media reports on 24, Philippine Defense Minister Lorenzana said at a press conference on 23 that due to the limited naval power, the Philippines will not participate in the Gulf Area escort alliance initiated by the United States.
Despite the military alliance agreement between the Philippines and the United States, Lorenzana said that the U.S. initiative of maritime patrol and escort is different from simple peacekeeping operations, such operations need to send warships, the Philippines has no ships to send, so it can not participate.
The Philippines has participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations on many occasions. It is reported that the Philippines has participated in peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Liberia, Timor-Leste and sent military observers to Afghanistan, Sudan and Czech Republic.
On July 11, Miley, the next President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff nominated by the White House and current Chief of Staff of the United States Army, proposed that the United States would form an escort alliance with its allies to safeguard navigation safety in the Gulf region. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Army, said Wednesday that the escort alliance will carry out cruise operations in the Straits of Hormuz and Mand to ensure freedom of navigation. The U.S. military will play a major command role, and patrols and escorts will be undertaken by other navies. He also said that the size of the plan could depend largely on the number of participating countries.