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SONA 2012 of President Noy Noy, taken from the Official Gazette.

State of the Nation Address of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines To the Congress of the Philippines

[Delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 23, 2012]

Maraming salamat po. Maupo po tayong lahat.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; ang ating mga kagalang-galang na mahistrado ng Korte Suprema; mga kagalang-galang na kagawad ng kalipunang diplomatiko; mga kagalang-galang na miyembro ng Kamara de Representante at ng Senado; mga pinuno ng pamahalaang lokal; mga miyembro ng ating Gabinete; mga unipormadong kasapi ng militar at kapulisan; mga kapwa kong nagseserbisyo sa taumbayan; at siyempre sa akin pong mga boss, magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

Ito po ang aking ikatlong SONA, at parang kailan lang nang nagsimula tayong mangarap. Parang kailan lang nang sabay-sabay tayong nagpasyang tahakin ang tuwid na daan. Parang kailan lang nang sinimulan nating iwaksi ang wang-wang, hindi lamang sa kalsada kundi sa sistemang panlipunan. Continue Reading—->>>>


Scarborough Stand – Off

There is currently a stand – off between Philippine and Chinese vessels on the Scarborough Shoal which is located at coordinates, 15°11′N 117°46′E. Here is my two cents worth of thought on this issue.

Scarborough is about 137 NM from Zambales, a Philippine Province. According to UNCLOS, every country has a 200 NM Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). With respect to the UNCLOS, the Scarborough Shoal is a sovereign property of the Republic of the Philippines, being only 137 NM from Zambales, which is the nearest land mass. The Chinese Government lays claim on the islands saying that it was discovered by explorers from the Yuan Dynasty (which is an EXTINCT dynasty), other than those extinct documents, no other proof of ownership by the Chinese government was shown aside from a marker built there in 1980 which was removed by the Philippine Government. The Philippines on the other hand raised the Philippine flag there and built a lighthouse in 1965. They also conducted a survey in 1957.

Both China and the Philippines lay claim to this small shoal. Last Tuesday, BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF15) was dispatched from Palawan to investigate Chinese fishing vessels spotted by a surveillance plane in the area. Upon arrival, PF15, with respect to international rules of engagement, they dispatched a team to perform a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS). Upon inspection, the vessels discovered that the vessels contain giant clam, live sharks and corals. The VBSS team of PF15v was about to make an arrest when two Chinese Ships from China Marine Surveillance (CMS) blocked the way. A stand – off issued between the two countries which up to now is still unresolved. The international community is hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and I myself is hoping the same. Both parties should try to solve the issue with bilateral talks and I hope that both Chinese and Philippine government will be open – minded on the issue.



The Self-Defense Forces will participate for the first time in joint annual military exercises involving U.S. and Filipino forces in the Philippines from the end of this month to April, Japanese and Filipino diplomatic sources said Saturday.


Today, December 7th 2011 marks the 70th year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. On this day in 1941, naval and air forces of Japan launched a surprise attack on US Armed Forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines – The Navy is expected this month to commission the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, its largest and first Hamilton-class ship acquired from the United States.

Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay said the commissioning of the ship will be held on Dec. 14 at Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila and would be led by President Aquino. See More (PHILSTAR DAILY)….


Rizal Class Corvettes

The next stop of our Philippine Navy Ships Series is the Auk Class Minesweepers or the Rizal Class Corvettes. See More…

Goyo is now PN Grey <<—— from the Flickr account of Mr Ed Sy.. Just scroll through the photos.

Jacinto Class Corvettes/OPV

The next stop on our Philippine Navy Ship series is the former Peacock Class Corvettes or as the Philippine Navy calls it the Jacinto Class Corvettes.



            The Peacock Class Corvettes (PCC) are Patrol Corvettes created by Hall, Russell and Company in the United Kingdom, the PCC’s were commissioned to the Royal Navy 6th Patrol Craft Squadron assigned in Hong Kong in the 80’s. Only 5 were built. These ships were built to work on tropical climates with high level of habitability inside. It is fully air-conditioned and is designed to handle typhoons common in the area. Its main mission in the Royal Navy was to provide British presence in the area. It could also fulfill the role of Seamanship, Navigation and Gunnery training as well as Search and Rescue duties. It also has a decompression chamber for divers. They carry Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBS) and a small detachment of Royal Marines on board . In 1988, two of these ships were sold to the Irish Naval Service. In 1997, when Hong Kong was ceded to China, the three remaining PCC’s were turned over to the Philippine Navy, and renamed the Jacinto Class Corvettes.


            Originally, the PCC’s have a displacement of 712 tons fully loaded and is 62.6 meters in length with a beam of 10 meters. It is originally armed with one Oto Melara 76 mm gun, four 7.62 mm Machine Guns and two MK38 25mm Guns. After it was transferred to the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Navy upgraded its capabilities. It still retained its two APE-Crossley SEMT-Pielstick 18 PA6 V 280 Diesel engines producing 14, 188 BHP, which propels the ship to speeds of up to 25 knots with a range of 2,500 nautical miles in an economical speed of 17 knots. It also has one Schottel S103 LSVEST drop-down, shrouded loiter retractable propeller, 181 shp (135 kW). Its sensors and processing systems include a Sperry Marine Naval BridgeMaster E Series Surface Search Radar, Kelvin Hughes Type 1006 Navigation Radar, Ultra Electronics Command and Control System and a Radamec 1500 Electro-Optical Tracking/Fire Control System. The Radamec 1500 Electro-Optical Tracking/Fire Control System and the Ultra Electronics Command and Control System controls the 76mm Oto Melara Compact DP Gun which is also integrated with the M242 25mm Bushmaster on an MSI Defense System mount aft. The original 7.62 mm Machine Guns were replaced with two .50 caliber Machine Guns and two 20mm Oerlikon Guns.


            There are three PCC’s in service with the Philippine Navy. Namely the HMS Peacock (P239) now named the BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS35), the HMS Plover (P240) now named the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36), the HMS Starling (P241) now named the BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS37). Brief history of the three ships follows.

            BRP EMILIO JACINTO (PS35)

The lead ship of the Jacinto Class Corvettes, she was the former lead ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Peacock (P239). BRP Emilio Jacinto joined the 2004 CARAT Exercises as well as the 2005 CARAT Exercises. She also joined the MALPHI LAUT 2005.

BRP Emilio Jacinto


The second ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Plover (P240) she is now called the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36). She has no record whatsoever of any Naval Exercises or Engagements up to date.

BRP Apolinario Mabini


            The third ship of the Peacock Class Corvettes known as HMS Starling (P241) she is now known as BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS37). She joined the CARAT 2004 and 2008 Exercises, the MALPHI LAUT 2007, and the RP – US Balikatan Exercises 2008 and 2009 Sea Exercise Phase.

BRP Artemio Ricarte

These ships are known as the most modern ships of the Philippine Navy.

BRP Gregorio del Pilar and the USS Fitzgerald conducted in stride training all the way from Hawaii to Guam.

Photos below from the US Embassy, Manila Facebook Page.

Fitzgerald sailors embark the Gregorio Del Pilar for training. August 8th, 2011