Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Friday said the country might not be able to repair existing facilities at Pagasa Island as doing so might violate the Declaration of Conduct which the Philippines is a signatory.
This is despite earlier announcements made by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
"That's okay but we need to bring the building materials (in Pagasa) and in order to (do) that, we need to built a pier where ships can unload their cargoes, and that is not allowed in the DOC," Gazmin said in Filipino.
has an airstrip, which needs repair in the above-mentioned island. Philippines
As stated in the DOC between
and ASEAN which was signed in
2002, signatories are prohibited from constructing new facilities in the
disputed areas and exercise self restraint. China
Gazmin said constructing a pier will violate the DOC. And flying the materials needed for the upgrading and repairs of facilities in
is very expensive. Pagasa Island
"We cannot repair because the construction materials will be coming from the outside, getting inside, will be by aircraft it will be very very expensive and very impractical," the DND chief noted.