Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the detachment would be built on Fuga Island
Talks are underway between the Philippine Navy and the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) for the setting up of a naval detachment on Fuga Island
, one of the reported islands that Chinese investors have shown interest to develop into economic hubs.
to develop a $2-billion Smart City in Fuga Island
, patterned after the firm's ongoing mega infrastructure project in Fujian province in China.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Department of National Defense (DND) raised concern over the security implications of a reported plan to develop the Fuga island
, Chiquita Island, and Grande Island by Chinese financiers.
for the establishment of a $2-billion smart city in Fuga Island
, Aparri, patterned after its developing large infrastructure project in Fujian.
In a resolution, Representatives Carlos Isagani Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat asked the House committee on national defense and security to look into the implications of the development plans for Fuga Island
in Cagayan province and Grande and Chiquita islands on Subic Bay, Zambales province.
Senator Risa Hontiveros raised this question on Thursday in the wake of reports that investors from China plan to develop Fuga Island
in Cagayan, and the Grande and Chiquita Islands in Subic, Zambales, into tourism and economic zones.
, which controls access to Luzon Strait, Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, has a private airfield on an adjacent island.
Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, on the other hand, declared suspension of classes in all levels, both in private and public schools, in Calayan Group of Islands and Fuga Island
in Aparri due to Helen.
, part of the country's second northernmost island group, provides access to the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, while Subic Bay is just 260 kilometers from Panatag Shoal that China seized from the Philippines in 2012.
in Cagayan and Chiquita and Grande Islands in Subic Bay, Zambales will reportedly be transformed into tourist destinations and economic zones.
It is indeed alarming that Chinese investors are allegedly targeting Fuga Island
in Cagayan, and Grande and Chiquita Islands in Zambales, 'to be developed into economic and tourism zones as part of China's Belt and Road initiative'-a plan that, as the column noted, 'has raised concerns among Philippine security officials.'