Military to visit Kalayaan Group of Islands

Posted at 09/14/10 6:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Defense and military officials plan to visit a part of the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands this month to renovate some of the military's facilities in the area.

Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta said surveyors, led by the Department of National Defense, will be going to the contested territory along with Armed Forces chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo David sometime next week.

“There are actually major plans to renovate Spratly island or the Kalayaan island airport and facilities. Its actually a general inspection of existing (facilities), looking at the facilities and the existing situation in the disputed areas,” said Mabanta.

Defense spokesman Eduardo Batac said the ocular inspection will check on facilities, including a runway, on Pag-asa island.

The Kalayaan Group of Islands is part of the Spratlys, which is being claimed by China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines.