MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday expressed deep concern over China’s reclamation project on Mischief Reef, one of the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.
“It’s a major or critical concern. They have to dismantle it. It’s a concern not only for our country and region but for the whole international community,” said DND spokesman Peter Paul Galvez.
Galvez said the reclamation work at Mischief Reef has implications on the Philippines’ national security.
Mischief Reef is located inside the Philippines’ 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“The implication of such is beyond measure. Its implication is far-reaching, it will greatly affect not only the current generation, but for the generations to come,” said Galvez.
He added that it will also affect the country’s economy.