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Philippines seeking more US navy ships amid threat

MANILA--The Philippines wants to acquire two more navy ships from the United States to boost its maritime protection amid threats from China, the country's military chief said Wednesday.

The new acquisitions would come under the fresh U.S. military assistance announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when he visited the Philippines last month, armed forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said.

"Within the last year, we realized that there is a real threat out there in terms of securing, defending our territory," Bautista told ANC television.

He said that ideally the country needed about six more frigates to guard its long coastline effectively.

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