President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to allocate portion of Fuga Island in northern Philippines for Philippine Navy’s use. This was confirmed by Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo to Inquirer.net.
Inquirer.net reported that Vice Admiral Bacordo said President Duterte gave the order last August 6 to allocate 20 hectares on the strategically-located island “for a naval detachment.”
On August 4, CEZA Deputy Administrator Agrimero Cruz made a statement “to correct the misconception attributed to CEZA’s memorandum of understanding with Fong Zhi Enterprises of China. CEZA’s MOUs (memorandum of understanding) with foreign investors are mere marketing tools, with short-lived effectivity of six months and are purely non-binding instruments as specifically provided in its terms.”
“We are fully aware of the fact that the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport is geographically configured in a very strategic location not only in terms of economic investment viability but more so in terms of national security and disaster response especially in the Northern Philippines,” Cruz said.
Moreover, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile warned against giving China hold of Fuga islands composed of Fuga, Barit and Mabbag.
“I have no beef against red China. I am simply doing my duty to my country. I am simply warning my countrymen to be very alert and careful in dealing with other nations and peoples whose national or personal interests my differ from the national interests of my own native land,” Enrile said.
“It is like a dagger pointed at the very heart of the country. If it falls into the hands of a foreign power with immense global ambition to achieve and great national interest to preserve, it will certainly cause the country a very serious and dangerous security problem,” he added.