Philippines’ military chief visits remote islands near disputed Spratlys


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General Andres Centino's visit at the Narciso del Rosario naval station, site of a new beaching ramp and staging area, was his second stop in the Balabac group of islands, where he also inspected a 300-hectare Philippine air base PALAWAN, Philippines – When the Philippine military chief addressed a small contingent of navy officers on a remote island in Palawan province near the disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, he reminded them their mission was to “ensure there is peace.” But General Andres Centino also told them they have a “very important” role to play in guarding Philippine...