Delfin Lorenzana

FILE - In this March 29, 2014, file photo, Philippine Marines deployed on the Philippine Navy ship LT 57 Sierra Madre practice the "relieving the watch" ceremony near Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea. In one of the world's most disputed waters, the puny Philippine navy doesn't stand …

Philippines to Continue Patrols, Station Troops in South China Sea

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday his government will protect its interests in the South China Sea – or, as Manila prefers, the West Philippine Sea – despite Chinese aggression in the region, promising that Philippine ships would continue to patrol the area and troops will continue to be stationed in the Spratly Islands.