Military mulls cruise ship in West PH Sea

Posted at 08/14/14 5:05 PM

MANILA - The Philippine military is mulling the deployment of a cruise ship for tourists who want to see areas in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, newly-installed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, said the planned cruise ship will go around six islands, including Patag, Lawak and Pagasa islands, and Ayungin Shoal.

"We'll be able to hopefully have a cruise because that is also being done by other (claimant) countries. They have a tourism effort to go around the islands that they possess," he said.

He said they will ask investors to help in the project.

"It can be a public-private partnership if we are able to develop the area," he said.

Catapang challenged his men from the AFP Western Command to make Palawan a prosperous province.

"I challenged them to make Palawan as the next most prosperous province, to showcase it. Palawan has a lot of potential, especially if we can develop the island that we now possess as a tourism destination," he said.

Catapang was in Puerto Princesa for a briefing from the AFP Western Command on the happenings in the West Philippine Sea.