OVERVIEW The Republic of the Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands, about 2,000 of which are inhabited. The government is responsible for the protection of offshore economic assets and territories. The primary defense concerns of the Philippines stem from a long-running insurgency against communist insurgents and Chinese aggression in the South China Sea. Communist rebels are mostly based in rural areas in Luzon, Visayas and parts of Mindanao. A decades-long insurgency...
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