PHILIPPINES INTENSIFIES NAVAL BLOCKADE IN THE SULU SEA, ANOTHER ISLAND DISPUTE. BUT THIS TIME THE DRAGON ISN'T INVOLVED, YET.
Editor's Note: The Sulu Sea is a little smaller than the Caspian Sea and is located south of the main islands of the Philippines and is defined by being surrounded by the SULU Archipelago which was ruled prior to Spanish rule by a Sultanate separate and distinct from the pre- Spanish government of the Philippines. The Sultanate of Sulu is apparently not operating as a full nation state but has some sort of recognition within the Philippine constitution. The Sultanate has apparently reasserted certain rights on certain islands by inserting or encouraging the invasion by civil occupiers. The Philippine Navy has responded by blockading certain of the islands. While acknowledging the the fact that the Sultanate has some legal claims to certain Islands the Philippine government refuses to cede any island by force or civil demonstration, the government wants the Sultanate to follow the legal process. The Sultanate is a Muslim Society while the Philippines is largely Catholic. Below is a link to a Wikipedia article you may find helpful if you are not familiar with the area. The area is not far from where the ongoing salvage effort of the U.S. Mine Sweeper GUARDIAN is in progress.