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Philippine marines mobilized west to South China Sea

2012-09-27 01:58:33 GMT2012-09-27 09:58:33(Beijing Time)  SINA English

Philippine officials say more than 100 marines have left southern Sulu province, where they helped battle al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants for years, to a western province to help reinforce Philippines' claims in "South China Sea territories."

Officials say a significant military force of about 5,000 will remain in Sulu to deal with lingering Abu Sayyaf threats.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the shift is part of a plan for the military to gradually shift from an anti-insurgency role to territorial defense.

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