U.S. doubles military aid to Philippines, ups budget to $30m.

Airmen with the 6th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field,…

Airmen with the 6th Special Operations Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., train Philippine airmen to use a rope ladder. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The United States will this year double military aid to its ally the Philippines, which is engaged in a prolonged maritime stand-off with China, the foreign department in Manila said on Friday.

The ramping-up of Washington’s defence assistance will see military aid in 2012 jump to $30 million as well as “real-time information sharing” on the Philippines’ maritime territory, department spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

The Philippines also asked the US for ships, planes and radars to help modernise its poorly equipped military.

Hernandez said the “foreign-military financing” aid could be used to buy new equipment or maintain existing military resources.

Source: AFP

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