US President Barack Obama says the US will transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy as part of an effort to boost maritime security for the Southeast Asian nation.

The US has tried to boost security ties with the Philippines in a bid to check China’s territorial ambitions in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Obama, in Manila for the APEC summit, says the U.S. will transfer a research vessel to help navigate territorial waters and a US Coast Guard cutter. He announced the transfer Tuesday after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a Philippine Navy warship once owned by the US.

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Mark Turallo
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Yay! I love the United States!! ?????

Assad Riaz
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Donating???

Daniel Marriott
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Military aid

Assad Riaz
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Another arm race in peaceful region!

UK Defence Journal
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Peaceful? Are you joking?

Assad Riaz
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Well , it was but I’m sure not anymore.

Alexander Smith
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Since when West Philippine Sea/South China sea became peaceful?

Assad Riaz
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Pardon me , is any war going on there ?

Curtis Ross
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Nearly yea

Assad Riaz
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Actually, problem with is with world powers. Like USA China and Russian . They just using small countries as scapegoat .

Sahil Sharma
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Keep up the gud work…usa

Beltran Lumbre Israel
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Thank you mr President Obama

Alexander Smith
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Glad for US generosity, Hoping Philippine Govt will upgrade these ships to become more lethal

Robert Ley
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There’s always more than meets the eye when it comes to these donations.

Miguel Legaspi
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Welcome v.o.a