China reclamation using PH soil–gov

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A FOREIGN ship is seen docked near a port area in Sta. Cruz, Zambales province. This ship was reportedly among those that transferred thick deposits of earth from three mountains in the province to China’s reclamation site near the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. ALLAN MACATUNO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A FOREIGN ship is seen docked near a port area in Sta. Cruz, Zambales province. This ship was reportedly among those that transferred thick deposits of earth from three mountains in the province to China’s reclamation site near the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. ALLAN MACATUNO/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

OLONGAPO CITY—China has been expanding its reclamation projects in the West Philippine Sea, using massive boulders and soil extracted from Zambales province by local mining companies, Gov. Amor Deloso said on Tuesday.

Citing information from local officials and residents, Deloso said China has been building military structures and an airport on 3,500 hectares of reclaimed area near the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

He said 450 trucks “worked day and night, shipping soil from three mountains in Sta. Cruz town” that were leveled by mining companies extracting nickel ore there.

“The shipment of soil to China’s reclamation projects near the shoal went unnoticed because residents thought it was being taken to (mainland) China,” Deloso told the Inquirer by telephone.

He said he had informed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources about the reports for validation by the department.

When Deloso assumed office on June 30, he issued Executive Order No. 1 which suspended all mining activities in Zambales.

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