MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang hopes the defense accord signed recently with Canada will not stir further tensions with China.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the memorandum of agreement signed on Saturday should not be misconstrued by any party, such as China.
The two countries are trying to stake their claim over West Philippine Sea, an area believed to be rich in minerals and other resources is also being claimed by other countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Benigno Aquino III signed the accord on Saturday. The agreement specifically addresses the procurement of military equipment.
Aquino said this will help the country’s efforts in building its defense capabilities.
“This is just a government to government transaction…It’s part of our goal to attain a credible defense position,” Valte explained.
She also reiterated what Aquino said that this will address the military’s outmoded equipment.
Aquino earlier stressed the country needs additional modern ships or patrol vessels to guard 36,000 kilometers of coastline within its 200-mile economic zone.
Currently, the Philippines has 132 ships, mostly from the World War II era or even older.