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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Apr 2017 6:05 a.m. PST

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte instructed Thursday the military to claim islands located in the disputed South China Sea, which are within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

After his talk to the soldiers of the Western Command at Camp Ricarte in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Duterte ordered the military to start construction and raise the Philippine flag on the islands owned by the Philippines in the contested waters.

"We tried to be friends with everybody but we have to maintain our jurisdiction now, at least the areas under our control. And I have ordered the armed forces to occupy all so many islands, I think nine or 10, build structures there and raise the Philippine flag," the President said…


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

The updated equivalent of Bismarck's "Some damn fool thing in the Balkans".

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member06 Apr 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

Everybody wants a little flyspeck atoll to call their own in the So. China Sea! It would be cute and funny if it weren't so dangerous.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Apr 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

There's oil!

47Ronin06 Apr 2017 3:03 p.m. PST

So much for the Philippines' "pivot" to China.

Watch now as the fun begins. If computers, grids, networks, etc. start to crash in the PI, you'll know why.

Given the variety of actors in the area, plenty of good scenarios for Harpoon games set in the SCS and ECS.

Tgunner06 Apr 2017 5:15 p.m. PST

Actually there are lots of resources out there besides oil. Fisheries is a big thing too. The Philippines has a large population and fish is a big part of their diet. Giving up those "fly specks" means giving up the food resource too. China wants them all and claims them all.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Apr 2017 6:37 p.m. PST

Duterte was not happy when Chinese survey ships were detected recently in Philippine waters!

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

"There's oil!"

Exactly. Lots and lots of oil!!!

Plus expanded fishing rights which, for the Philippines and Vietnam, are incredibly important food resources.


Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

A little military adventure is always good for distracting the population.

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