By Yu Runze, Sina English
The Philippine Marines will beef up its presence in its command post in Palawan, the western part of the Philippines, facing the South China Sea for “internal and territorial defense operations.”
Lieutenant Colonel Neil Estrella, spokesman of the Western Command, said that there is “plan in motion” to deploy a brigade headquarters in Palawan. The brigade headquarters will provide support to the two battalions already stationed in Palawan. Setting up a brigade headquarters will allow easier access to artillery and armor support units.
Estrella said they need to beef up the two Marine battalions with a brigade because a brigade has more armor, more artillery, and support units. “It’s not actually an expansion but more of realigning the troop deployment to enable them to give ample support to their requirements," Estrella said.
Palawan lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. And Chinese Nansha Islands locate a few hundred kilometers to its west.