MOSCOW (Sputnik) — This announcement comes amid a heated dispute between Manila and Beijing over who should control dozens of small rocky islands and reefs in the waters west of Philippines, referred to as the West Philippine Sea in Manila.
"We will lease from Japan five TC- 90 training aircraft, which will help our Navy patrol our territory, particularly in the West Philippine Sea," the president said during his visit to the Fernando Air Base in Lipa City.
China, Philippines and their neighbors – Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei – have numerous territorial disputes in the South China Sea. China claims the biggest part of the contested territories. Both Beijing and Manila lay claims to the Scarborough Shoal, which lies some 100 miles off Philippines.