Duterte sent troops to the disputed island in South China sea

The Philippines began sending troops and materiel to the disputed island of Titus in the South China sea (SCS). On Thursday, may 11, the Associated Press reports.

It is noted that Manila is prepared for construction work that includes strengthening and lengthening the runway, construction of dock and other facilities. This Philippine authorities are ready to spend 32 million dollars.

The head of the Western command of the armed forces Raul del Rosario announced that the original collateral has been delivered to Titus last week. It is noted that this island is close to the reef sub — one of the Islands of the Spratly archipelago, where he built military facilities of China.

The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte previously stated that it intends to build on Titus barracks.

Islands in the South China sea are the subject of a territorial dispute between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei and Vietnam. Most tense is the situation around the Scarborough reef, also South of the Spratly archipelago, which is believed rich in oil and gas.

On 12 July the court of arbitration in the Hague has determined that Beijing has no right to the disputed territory in the South China sea. In response, the President of China, XI Jinping stated that the Islands in the South China sea since ancient times are an integral territory of China.