Thursday, September 17, 2015
China defended its land reclamation in the Spratly Islands, saying the new islands would provide civilian services such as weather forecasting and search and rescue facilities that would benefit other countries.

With this concern, the Philippine Military's top priority is to build the naval base on the country’s western coastline of Palawan, a location opposite to the disputed Spratly Islands. Although plans have been delayed by funding bottlenecks, developing the island into a full naval facility could also worsen tensions with China which claims sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea.

Palawan Naval Base

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines general, the initial stage development cost around Php 800 million pesos, and additional Php 5 billion pesos to turn it into major operating base similar to Subic Base, Zambales.


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