West PH Sea troops receive early Christmas treat
Troops manning the Philippine-claimed detachments in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) received an early Christmas treat after the University of the Philippines Vanguard donated equipment to show them that they are being remembered.
Armed Forces of the Philippines vice chief Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda received the assorted equipment and sports items from UP Vanguard Vice National Commander reservist Brig. Gen. Marcelo Javier in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday morning.
The donated items included one chest freezer, one generator set, two basketballs, a pair of badminton rackets, one solar panel, two fishing rods, 10 helmets, 10 rubber gloves, 10 mask, 10 goggles, four Motorola two-way radios and 10 LED bulbs.
The items will be airlifted to the soldiers in December.
“We are having a regular visit doon sa (to) Pagasa (Thitu Island) through our military aircraft, isasabay na lang doon (we would carry the equipment during the visit),” he said.
Pagasa is the largest of the Philippine-claimed islands in the West Philippine Sea.
Miranda said that it was a good reminder that the hardships of the soldiers who are staying in the Spratlys or Kalayaan Island Group are not forgotten.
The Philippines has military detachments in eight areas in the Spratlys—Pagasa Island, Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal, Lawak Island (Nanshan), Parola (Northeast Cay), Patag Island (Flat), Kota (Loaita), Rizal (Commodore), Likas (West York) and Panata Island (Lankiam Cay).
The AFP vice chief said that so far they have not received any unusual reports in the West Philippine Sea.
“Ang bottomline, maayos naman (everything is well). There is nothing to worry about. Tulad nga nito, mga donations na ito, pagbigay doon, lalong ma high morale mga sundalo natin (These donations would boost the high morale of our soldiers),” he said. RAM
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