Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they are now verifying reports that the People's Republic of China have installed anti-aircraft guns and other weapons in disputed portions of the Spratly Islands.
"We are verifying. But if true it is a big concern for us and the international community who use the South China Sea lanes for trade. It would mean that the Chinese are militarizing the area which is not good," he added.
Earlier, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said that it has monitored the construction of hexagonal buildings in Fiery Cross, Mischief Reef, and Subi Reef, areas where China constructed artificial islands, and these facilities seemed fitting with anti-aircraft guns and other weapons capable of shooting down aircraft or even cruise missiles.
On the same artificial islands, China also constructed airfield capable of handling and supporting large military aircraft.
Source: Philippines News Agency