Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Palace concerned over photos of Chinese tourists on Kagitingan Reef

Published January 21, 2016 9:11am

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/552068/news/nation/palace-concerned-over-photos-of-chinese-tourists-on-kagitingan-reef

Kagitingan Reef or Fiery Cross Reef used to be a mere coral formation that nobody visits. But based on the Chinese government's website, the site has been transformed into a man-made area that is attracting tourists.
Malaca├▒ang has expressed this concern over China's latest action in the disputed West Philippine Sea.
"Hindi lamang Pili kundi lahat ng bansa na bumubuo ng ASEAN at ng ASEAN East Asian Summit and nagkasundo noong pagpupulong ng Summit na ito sa Malaysia na dapat tiyakin ang pag-iiral ng United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," said Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Security experts are also concerned over the latest development.
Prof. Chester Cabalza, a security analyst, said the Chinese government seem to have a well laid out plan for the reclamation project at the disputed area.
"After sending off the civilian population there, the next thing is build infrastructures whether commercial and investment. And then magugulat na lang tayo, it will become a city or a resort," he told GMA News.
Cabalza added If there are investments in the disputed islands and once a rich neighborhood develops, the Filipinos will be lured to get employment from their end.
China should be stopped from further developing the area, because if Chinese civilians start to live in the area this would be the basis of their government to protect the region.
Cabalza advised that aside from pursuing a legal track on the issue, diplomacy options should also be used. He added that the Philippine government should strengthen its military presence at the site. — BAP, GMA

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