New military commander for South China Sea


The Philippine military said it has replaced a key commander overseeing forces in the South China Sea, including troops garrisoned on a disputed reef.

Rear Admiral Alfonso Torres Jr will replace Vice-Admiral Alberto Carlos as chief of the Western Command on Palawan island, which is the closest Philippine landmass to the hotly contested Spratly Islands.

The military said in a statement the move was part of “ongoing changes in leadership and key positions within the military which is necessary for the institution to adapt to evolving security environment and effectively address emerging challenges.”

The announcement on Saturday of Carlos’ replacement follows a diplomatic row between Manila and Beijing over an alleged agreement with Chinese officials.

The Chinese embassy in Manila claims the deal related to conduct of Chinese and Philippine vessels around Second Thomas Shoal, where Filipino troops are stationed on a beached naval vessel.

It alleged Manila reneged on the agreement, whose terms it has not made public, causing Chinese law enforcement to take “necessary measures” to protect their territory. — AFP

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

commander , South China Sea

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Diesel subsidy rationalisation may not be possible for Sabah, Sarawak due to wide usage, says Anwar
Govt to reimburse RM100mil to Sarawak to upgrade schools, clinics, says PM Anwar
India boosts defence ties with Bangladesh as it tries to become a counterweight to China
F1 team McLaren evacuates hospitality suite when fire breaks out before Spanish GP practice
Sg Bakap polls: BN to rally support for Pakatan candidate, says Tok Mat
Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Saturday (June 22, 2024)
Runaway golf buggy plunges off second tier of driving range at Singapore's Keppel Club
At least 42 killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza City refugee camp, neighbourhood
Vietnam power generation, daily consumption hit new record high amid heatwave
Thai PM Srettha touts plans for casinos and nuclear power in first TV talk

Others Also Read