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Air Force pilot Erickson Gloria is new military commander guarding West PH Sea

May 30, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines announces changes in key positions as Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria takes over the Western Command based in Palawan

NEW WESCOM CHIEF. Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria is appointed commander of the AFP Western Command. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Chinese Coast Guard ship spotted near Ayungin Shoal

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The military also reports that Chinese and Vietnamese fishing vessels were sighted around Panata Island in the West Philippine Sea

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

New guard takes charge of the West Philippine Sea

Mar 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Rear Admiral Rene Medina used to be the commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao based in Zamboanga City

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Rear Admiral Rene Medina assumes as commander of Western Command on March 2, 2019. Sourced photo

AFP names new Eastmincom, Wescom commanders

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:10 PM

Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal will be leading the Eastern Mindanao Command, while Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez heads the Western Command

CHANGE OF COMMAND. President Rodrigo Duterte (center), retired General Eduardo Año (left), and new AFP chief Lieutenant General Rey Guerrero (right) salute to the troops during the AFP change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on October 26, 2017. Malacañang photo

West PH Sea commander is new Air Force chief

Oct 24, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar will replace outgoing Philippine Air Force commanding general Edgar Fallorina in a change of command ceremony on Tuesday

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr assumes as commanding officer of the Western Command. All photos from the PH military

Military increases visibility in Palawan, assures safety of tourists

May 18, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Soldiers as well as cops conduct foot air and sea patrols amid a supposed terror threat in the province

FULL ALERT. Troops maintain visibility throughout the province

Air Force fighter pilot is new guard of West PH Sea

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:26 AM

The appointment of Lieutenant General Raul del Rosario as chief of the Western Command is part of the key reshuffles in the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the past week

WESCOM. Lieutenant General Raul Del Rosario fill the post vacated by Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado

Duterte picks West PH Sea commander as new Navy chief

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:48 PM

AFP chief General Ricardo Visaya standing in for President Rodrigo Duterte leads the change of command ceremony in Cavite City

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado (left) is the new Philippine Navy chief. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy

US defense chief: Expanded Balikatan deepens PH-US ties

Apr 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

In Japan for his fist visit to Asia as Pentagon chief Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlights his government s strong stand against the militarization of territorial disputes

JAPAN VISIT: Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a challenge coin to Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani after a dinner hosted by Nakatani at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. Pentagon photo

New guard of West PH Sea: Rear Admiral Alexander Lopez

Aug 16, 2014 - 12:57 PM

The military recognizes Wescom s complicated balancing act of defending the country s claims without escalating the tension in the disputed waters

NEW WESCOM CHIEF: Rear Admiral Alexander Lopez. Wescom photo

Will you pay for a cruise of West PH Sea islands?

Aug 14, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The Philippine military chief wants to turn islands near the disputed waters into a tourism destination

PROVOCATIVE? The Philippines is set to repair the damaged Rancudo Air Field in Pag-Asa island in the Spratlys

5 to 6 Chinese ships patrolling West PH Sea – military

Aug 14, 2014 - 4:40 PM

This has become the regular situation in the West Philippine Sea says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

DAVID VS GOLIATH. File photo of a much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

PH military beefs up coverage of Scarborough

Feb 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Scarborough is now under the Palawan based Western Command to put the country s external defense efforts under one commander

After Yolanda, general takes on the Spratlys challenge

Dec 03, 2013 - 7:07 PM

New Wescom chief Lieutenant General Roy Deveraturda says he will review operations and security patrols in Palawan mainland Sulu Sea and West Philippine Sea

NEW POST: Lieutenant General Roy Deveraturda takes over Western Command. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Reshuffle in key AFP posts

Nov 04, 2013 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) Lt Gen Rustico Guerrero is taking over as chief of the Western Mindanao Command based in Zamboanga City

CRUCIAL POST: Lieutenant General Rustico Guerrero is taking over as chief of Zamboanga City-based Western Mindanao Command. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Navy rescues 3 Brits off El Nido

Jun 13, 2013 - 7:18 PM

The foreigners yacht encountered trouble amid harsh weather They were rescued after a search operation that lasted 12 hours

Chinese poachers arrive in Puerto Princesa, face charges

Apr 10, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Authorities are set to file the charges Wednesday April 10

PH ready to assist Chinese warship

Jul 13, 2012 - 4:40 PM

The Western Command however is still verifying the report that a Chinese warship was stuck in a Philippine coral reef