‘Pag-asa Island is ours’
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The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday issued a strong statement dismissing the claim of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua that the Philippines’ planned improvement works at Pag-asa Island would be illegal. “Pag-asa Island and the larger Kalayaan Island Group are a municipality of Palawan,” DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar told reporters. Pag-asa Island is the largest of the islands under the municipality of Kalayaan, which was created in 1978.
Pilapil, J. (2017, May 3). ‘Pag-asa Island is ours’. The Manila Times, pp A1, A2.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; Livelihoods; Defence craft; Artificial islands; Military operations; Economics; International law; Law of the sea; International cooperation; Land reclamation; Bilateral agreements; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Zhao, Jianhua; Bolivar, Robespierre; Duterte, Rodrigo; Lorenzana, Delfin; Patron, Zaldy
- The Manila Times