Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — The government will publish a national security strategy for the first time, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said Wednesday, in the wake of competing claims in the South China Sea.
- By CNN Philippines Staff
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the document on May 16. It outlines the administration’s plans for a “secure, peaceful, modern, and prosperous Philippines,” Esperon said.
Esperon announced this during a hearing of the House Special Committee on the West Philippine Sea. Esperon, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana briefed lawmakers about the situation and developments in disputed waters west of the…