Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Nuclear Research Institute have found high radiation levels in the West Philippine Sea waters.
According to Carlo Arcilla, director of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, a study on corals conducted by their team of researchers had found high radiation levels in the West Philippine Sea, higher than in other coastal areas of the Philippines.
The radioactivity was detected through the isolation of Iodine 129 in sea corals. The research was led by Angel Bautista of the Department of Science and Technology PNRI Nuclear Analytical Techniques Application, which specialized in corals study.
Arcilla described Iodine 129 as a nuclear fission product, which is emitted by nuclear reactors or atomic power plants. As of this moment, they did not yet know the causes of it.
The Philippines have improved the capability to detect environmental radiation, especially in the West Philippine Sea, as the European Union project, would help ASEAN member states to monitor such hazards.
Under the European Commission Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation program for Southeast Asia, the Philippines will get ten gamma dose rate monitoring stations. They will be trained to operate the installations, mostly placed in locations facing the West Philippine Sea.
China Plans Nuclear The West Philippine Sea
In 2018, a report from the U.S. Department of Defense, China plans to power some of its claimed islets with nuclear energy, said to United States Congress in an annual report on Chinese military activities. China had indicated last year it was planning to install floating nuclear power stations that would start operating in 2020 or 2021.
The Chinese government Floating nuclear power plants stationed in the West Philippine Sea would help Beijing fortify its claims in a decades-old maritime sovereignty dispute, but come with environmental risks.
That development would bulk up China’s maritime claim after about a decade of land reclamation in parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea and the sending of military units to some of the artificial islands, analysts say. Rival maritime claimants Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, lack similar means to electrify their position.
The question is, is China already build a nuclear power plant? Well, that’s the question for now as there is no evidence at this moment. The thing we have found is, the concentration levels increased. Higher in the West Philippine Sea than on Benham Rise or Philippine Rise on the east side of the Philippines territorial waters.
Philippine Air Force Finally Activated Black Hawk Helicopter
The Philippine Air Force formally accepted into service on Thursday six Polish-made Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters delivered last month. The Blackhawk helicopter’s acceptance, turnover, and blessing ceremonies would be held at Clark Air Base in December.
Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will be the guest-of-honor. The first five units of S-70i were delivered via the Antonov An-124 heavy aircraft to Clark Air Base last November, while the sixth arrived aboard a ship.
The six helicopters are part of 16 units acquired from a Polish company and manufactured under license from Sikorsky USA for a contract price of around 16 billion pesos.
The Philippines Armed Forces Receive Additional Equipment!
The Philippines’ defense capabilities got boosted upon receiving additional military hardware, snipers’ and anti-improvised explosive device equipment, worth around 1.38 billion pesos from the United States Defense Department.
Defense Secretary Lorenzana and Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin accepted the donation from visiting the acting United States Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller during a ceremony held at the Department of National Defense Quezon City.
The U.S. acting Defense Secretary also informed Lorenzana that one C-130 military transport aircraft would be delivered to the Philippines’ Armed Forces this month.
Recently, The United States has earlier transferred defense equipment to several special mission units of the AFP to support its modernization goals. The new equipment will strengthen the AFP’s joint precision strike, sniper, riverine, and counter-improvised explosive device capabilities.
U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Barrett had handed over to the Philippine Navy a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System worth around 720 million pesos. At the same time, U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien donated 868 million pesos in additional military equipment and training to the Philippines’ Armed Forces.