Philippine officials: Navy practically non-existent


MANILA: The Philippines Navy, charged with protecting more than 7,000 islands and its surrounding waters with rickety or ageing vessels, is practically non-existent, armed forces chief of staff General Dionisio Santiago said yesterday.  

“We are saying that we have a navy that is practically non-existent,” he said at a joint news conference with legislators who are considering defence department appeals to upgrade the fleet. 

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