Gov’t effort to protect West Philippine Sea is weak —expert


People’s Liberation Army Navy corvette in West Philippine Sea
An expert cited Wednesday the sluggish push by the Philippine government to protect its claims over the West Philippines Sea (WPS), while China increases the presence of its navy and militia vessels in the territory.

In a forum by the Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies, Simulatiry co-founder and CEO of Liz Derr said more WPS features will be taken by other countries if this weak approach continues.

“Unfortunately, the Philippines is weak. We’ve seen and documented what other claimants have been doing to shore up their claims,” she said.

“We’ve seen how much weaker the Philippines is in protecting [its] territory, compared to the other claimants. If this weakness continues, we will surely see more features being occupied by other countries,” she pointed out.

Simularity is an AI software company that analyzes multispectral and SAR satellite imagery and serves federal governments, GIS consulting companies, and international defense and intelligence agencies.

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According to Derr, Vietnam has protected its sovereign rights over its own EEZ by building 29 outposts in Spratly Islands (not all within Philippine EEZ).

But the Philippines has built only 11 outposts in Spratly Islands to protect its sovereign rights over its own EEZ.