Strengthen presence in West Philippine Sea(WPS) - DND to AFP

Strengthen presence in West Philippine Sea(WPS) - DND to AFP


The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday said it has requested the Military of the Philippines (AFP) to reinforce its presence in the West Philippines Ocean (WPS) in the midst of reports of new Chinese exercises nearby.


"The DND has guided the AFP to fortify the country's presence in the WPS, following the observed Chinese exercises near Pag-asa Island," the DND said in an explanation.


The DND gave the assertion following a report by Bloomberg in regards to China fabricating new developments and recoveries in something like four vacant highlights in the Spratlys specifically Eldad Reef, Whitsun Reef, Lankiam Cay, and Sandy Cay.


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Eldad and Whitsun Reefs are found 48 and 60 nautical miles, separately, from Pag-asa Island and are inside the 200 nautical miles selective monetary zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.


As per the DND, infringement in the WPS or recovery on its highlights is a danger to the security of Pag-asa Island "which is important for Philippine sovereign domain."


It added that these exercises might jeopardize the marine climate and sabotage the steadiness of the area.


The DND approached China to notice the current global request and try not to irritate pressures in the WPS and South China Ocean.


"We firmly ask China to maintain the overarching rules-based global request and forgo acts that will worsen pressures in the West Philippine Ocean and the bigger South China Ocean," it said.

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