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Philippine town gives official names to 4 sandbars, 2 coral reefs around Pag-asa Island
Arlie Cabrestante, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Aug 16 2020 02:10 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/16/20/philippine-town-gives-official-names-to-4-sandbars-2-coral-reefs-around-pag-asa-island

The local government of Kalayaan in Palawan has named 4 sandbars and 2 coral reefs in Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, whose surrounding waters are continuously being claimed by China despite a 2016 arbitration award invalidating Beijing's sweeping claims over almost the entire South China Sea.
Pag-asa Island, located some 285 miles west of mainland Palawan, hosts Kalayaan municipality and is home to civilian community and a military outpost. The town, officially created in 1978, has a school, military barracks, and a runway, among other infrastructure.

The 37-hectare island is one of the nine islets, sand bars and reefs in the disputed archipelago occupied by the Philippines.

The 4 sandbars surrounding the island were named Pag-asa Cay 1 to 4, according to an ordinance signed last Aug. 14 by Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo.

The 2 reefs near the island, meanwhile, were named Pag-asa Reef 1 and 2, according to the ordinance.

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