Duterte wants Batanes runways extended for national security reasons

President Rodrigo Duterte said during the situation briefing in Batanes that he wants the runways in Batanes to be extended for national security reasons.

President Duterte conducted an aerial inspection and situation briefing in Batanes after it was hit by earthquake on July 27.

“I’m interested on the project of extending both the runways for national security reason. It could be a very crucial factor in the days to come. Not in our generation, but malay mo,” Duterte said in the situation briefing.

“It would be good to prepared so that if we have to defend those islands there, you have to have a launching deck somewhere here,” he added.