PAG-ASA, Philippines — The Philippine protection secretary and navy chief of employees visited a Philippine-occupied island within the South China Sea on Friday to claim the nation’s declare to the heartland of a disputed space the place China is believed to have added missiles on man-made islands.
The journey led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on an air pressure C-130 plane to the island Filipinos name Pag-asa will possible infuriate China, which has claimed just about the complete sea and aggressively tried to fortify its foothold, to the consternation of rival claimant governments and the United States.
President Rodrigo Duterte has stated China dissuaded him from flying to the island, additionally identified internationally as Thitu, to lift his nation’s flag when the Philippines celebrates its Independence Day on June 12.
“So because of our friendship with China and because we value your friendship, we will not, I will not go there to raise the Philippine flag,” he stated in a speech final week in Saudi Arabia. He stated he might ship his son as an alternative.
Lorenzana deliberate to examine a dust runway on the island within the Spratlys chain of islands, reefs and atolls that has been partly eroded and have lunch with Filipino troops and residents in a fishing village on the island.
The authorities plans to restore the 1.2 kilometer (zero.75 mile)-long runway to permit extra flights and enhance security. It plans to fortify small buildings on the island and eight a lot smaller reefs and atolls occupied by Filipino forces within the far-flung area.
With Lorenzana had been the navy chief of employees, Gen. Eduardo Ano and different navy prime brass with about 40 journalists on a visit that will spotlight the territorial disputes per week earlier than Duterte hosts an annual regional summit in Manila that’s anticipated to highlight the South China Sea conflicts.
Defense chief Lorenzana, navy leaders, and Filipino residents of Pag-Asa island within the Spratlys sing the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/Wu59M3dZSR
— Philip C. Tubeza (@pctubezaINQ) April 21, 2017
Filipino youngsters and different civilian residents of Pag-Asa island within the Spratlys say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag. pic.twitter.com/4Q7dGpwYwh
— Philip C. Tubeza (@pctubezaINQ) April 21, 2017/rga
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