Part of Fuga Island Allotted for PH Navy Base

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority to set aside a portion of Fuga Island in Cagayan province for use as a Philippine Navy base.

On August 10, Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo said the President ordered the allocation of 20 hectares on the strategically-located island “for a naval detachment.”

Juan Ponce Enrile, former senator and Cagayan native, issued a statement warning against letting China set foot on Fuga.

Enrile said, “It is like a dagger pointed at the very heart of the country.”

If China were to gain a foothold on Fuga, Enrile said the island could be used to control the entire Balintang Channel, the maritime border between the Philippines and Taiwan.

Fuga, with a population of about 2,500, is a coastal town in the Babuyan archipelago, which has access to both the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea.

It is privately-owned by Isla Fuga Pacific Resort Incorporated and is only being managed by Ceza.

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