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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and reporters who went to Pag-asa Island on Tuesday were surprised after a telco told them via text that they were in China and Vietnam.

The text messages said that services were available via the telco's roaming partners in those two countries.

Lorenzana shared to reporters the text message he received upon arriving at the island where the Philippines has territorial rights.

"Welcome to Vietnam!" a portion of the message read.

Chino Gaston An aerial view shows the beaching ramp on Pag-asa Island during its formal turnover to the national government on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who attended the inauguration, says the 'historic' completion…

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and reporters who went to Pag-asa Island on Tuesday were surprised after a telco told them via text that they were in China and Vietnam.

The text messages said that services were available via the telco's roaming partners in those two countries.

Lorenzana shared to reporters the text message he received upon arriving at the island where the Philippines has territorial rights.

"Welcome to Vietnam!" a portion of the message read.

📰GMA News Reporter Chino Gaston also shared a screenshot of the message he had received upon arriving at Pag-asa Island: "Welcome to China!"

Pag-asa Island, while occupied by the Philippines, is part of the territories in the West Philippine Sea that's also being claimed by China.

Lorenzana as well as other high-ranking military officials were at Pag-asa Island for the inauguration of the beaching ramp, which would pave the way for the vitalization of the community in the island and the strengthening of Filipino presence in the area.

According to the Department of National Defense, the construction of the beaching ramp in Pag-asa, with a total budget of P267.18 million, is one of the several projects aimed at improving the living conditions of the people in the Municipality of Kalayaan.

The DND said a total of P1.3 billion worth of projects are also in the pipeline, including the repair and concreting of the runway that has been damaged by erosion

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/lorenzana-reporters-welcomed-to-china-vietnam-in-pag-asa-island/ar-BB15eKC4?ocid=msedgdhp

 

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Philippines Plans to Build More on South China Sea Island

The Philippines plans to spend 1.3 billion pesos ($26 million) to build more structures on a disputed island in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.

The Southeast Asian nation has completed a beaching ramp on Thitu Island, which it calls Pag-asa, that will allow easier transfer of construction equipment. “We can now proceed with the other projects planned,” Lorenzana said. A runway on the island will be repaired, he said.

The plan comes amid renewed tensions between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea. The Philippines has recently protested China’s move to form two new districts to administer islands in the disputed waters, and also chose to temporarily keep a U.S. military pact, citing tensions between superpowers.

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/world/philippines-plans-to-build-more-on-south-china-sea-island/ar-BB15eNrA?ocid=msedgdhp

 

 

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West Philippine Sea.

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13 hours ago, Dafey said:

surprised after a telco told them via text that they were in China and Vietnam.

The text messages said that services were available via the telco's roaming partners in those two countries.

Which means they lost the service from the Philippine telco and went to roaming. Rather than being surprised, they should be embarrassed that those other two countries can provide basic modern services to the people of that island that the Philippines can’t, yet the Philippines claims it as its own. 

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9 hours ago, HongKongPhooey said:

Which means they lost the service from the Philippine telco and went to roaming. Rather than being surprised, they should be embarrassed that those other two countries can provide basic modern services to the people of that island that the Philippines can’t, yet the Philippines claims it as its own. 

Given the distance from those two mainlands I would say it indicates that they have placed cell towers and perhaps satellite repeaters on those islands.

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