.Police Chief Supt.
...Cadungog said his visit to Pagasa has no connection with the "provocation" of Taiwan in the Spratlys when its president, Chen Shui-bian, visited the nearby Itu Aba Island last February.
It is currently occupied by Taiwanese forces.Cadungog
explained that his
visit is not a "show of force" to the Taiwan military.
Without disclosing the total number of soldiers deployed in the island, Cadungog
said majority of them are skilled soldiers from different engineering brigades of PAF
, Army, Navy and Marines.
Lt. Gen.Pedrito Cadungog, Air Force chief, and his PMA mistah P/Chief Supt.
said Pagasa's runaway that cuts across the 5.6-hectare airstrip needs repair.
"At least an estimated P6.6 million is needed to repair our runaway here," the general said.
Some portions of the island's shorelines have been destroyed by erosion."In our estimate, we need P31 million for walling of the eroded portion of the island," Cadungog
said every soldier in the island receives an additional P10,000 monthly pay."It's not loneliness pay.It's simply a form of gratitude for our soldiers for their courage and bravery to serve our country," he