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PH puts on hold repair of airstrip in West PH Sea
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the President had ordered them 'not to disturb the status quo' to allow the Philippines to keep its 'moral high ground' while the case is pending in the arbitral tribunal
Published 9:53 AM, October 04, 2014
Updated 9:54 AM, October 04, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III stopped plans to repair the Rancudo Airstip in Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told senators on Friday, October 3.

“We do have funds for the improvement of, for example, the Pag-asa airport, but this is being held in abeyance because of the case that we have filed. It might affect the case that we have filed [with the arbitral tribunal],” Gazmin said during the committee on appropriations hearing on the budget of the defense department.

Gazmin said the President ordered the department to "not disturb the status quo" while the case is pending to allow the country to keep its "moral high ground" on the matter. The Philippines continues to protest China's reclamation and construction activities in disputed maritime territories for what appears to be a military base in the Mabini Reef and lighthouses in other areas.

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