A youth group will push through with its trip to the West Philippine Sea this week despite strong opposition from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
A report on GMA News’ Unang Balita on Monday said the group, “Kalayaan Atin Ito,” will leave for its 30-day “Freedom Voyage” to islands on the disputed waters on Tuesday.
The group is consist mainly of college students who wish to show a stronger claim o over the contested territories.
They will first visit Kalayaan Islands in Palawan, the report said.
Mariel Ipan, one of the voyage volunteers, said that they were supposed to leave on Monday, but flights of their participants from Visayas were delayed on Sunday because of bad weather, it added.
Ipan also said they were not sure if 10,000 volunteers, as the group was aiming for, will be joining the journey.
Earlier, AFP Western Command Chief Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez said that the voyage may escalate tension in the disputed seas.
Lopez was also worried that the youth volunteers’ voyage will weaken the country’s arbitration case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
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