Palace welcomes friendship games in Spratlys

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

MALACANANG on Sunday welcomed the holding of Philippines-Vietnam Friendship Games in Spratlys, a disputed area in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the sports activities kicked off Sunday, with combined Filipino and Vietnamese troops playing side-by-side.

Filipino and Vietnamese troops will compete in football, volleyball and tug-of-war matches.

They will be playing at the Vietnamese occupied island of Pugad (Southwest Cay).

“Ginawa po ang inisyatibang ito para maitaguyod ang pakikipagkaibigan at mainam na pagtutulungan ng mga Pilipino at ng mga Vietnamese na naatasang magbantay sa mga lugar na ‘yan,” Coloma said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

The Philippines and Vietnam are among those countries with overlapping territorial claims in the Spratlys. (SDR/Sunnex)

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