MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned on Thursday he programs to take a look at an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea and elevate the Philippine flag.
Duterte informed reporters he would also fortify the island of Thitu with barracks.
China claims virtually the whole South China Sea, in which about $five trillion value of seaborne products pass just about every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have claims.
Duterte mentioned he programs to take a look at Thitu on Independence Working day in June.
Thitu is shut to Subi Reef, a person of 7 manmade islands in the Spratlys that China is accused of militarizing with surface-to-air missiles, among other armaments.
(Reporting by Manuel Mogato Modifying by Nick Macfie)