Ayungin Shoal lodging facility for soldiers, fishermen eyed | Inquirer News

Ayungin Shoal lodging facility for soldiers, fishermen eyed

/ 05:21 PM August 15, 2023

ayungin shaol philippines wps

The BRP Sierra Madre, a Navy warship that now serves as a military outpost, keeps watch over Ayungin (Second Thomas) and Sabina (Escoda) Shoals, both located within the country’s exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.  (NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / INQUIRER / file photo)


MANILA, Philippines —  A lodging facility in Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal for the benefit of Filipino soldiers and fishermen of any nationality who may be in need of shelter or sanctuary is being proposed by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero,


Escudero, in a plenary session on Tuesday, said he will join the Senate deliberations on the proposed 2024 national budget to push for the allocation of at least P100 million for the construction of a “shelter” or a “lodging facility” in Ayungin Shoal.


 “As I have stated, I will be proposing in the deliberations of the national budget that we allocate at least P100 million for the construction of facilities in that area. Not a military base but a shelter — a lodging facility, not only for our soldiers but also for fishermen, whatever their nationality may be, who may be facing rough waters in that part of the sea, and they may find shelter there,” said Escudero in his privilege speech. 

“[S]o that we can finally replace the BRP Sierra Madre and have suitable accommodation, again, not only for our soldiers but for fishermen of any nationality that may need shelter and sanctuary,” he added.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada, chairperson of the Senate committee on national defense and security, peace, unification, and reconciliation, said he fully supports Escudero’s proposal, but he stressed that P100 million might not be sufficient to build a shelter in the territory.

In the same plenary session, Estrada maintained that his father — former President Joseph Estrada — did not promise to tow away the grounded BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin Shoal.   


China claims PH has yet to remove BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal as promised

PCG condemns China Coast Guard’s water cannon attack in WPS

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

TAGS: Ayungin, China, Francis Escudero, Philippines, West Philippine Sea

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.