Wary Philippines says will raise S China Sea presence

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The Philippines will beef up its naval presence in the South China Sea to protect its fisherman, said the country 's military chief Cirilito Sobejana, as concerns grow after China passed a law giving power to its coastguard to fire on foreign vessels and demolish structures built in disputed waters. The Philippines has protested against the new law, which country's officials said would heighten risks of a miscalculation. "We will increase our visibility through the deployment of more naval assets, but I just want to make clear our navy presence there is not (to) wage war against China but to...