By PNA/ UPDATE PHILIPPINES
The military is prepared to carry out President Rodrigo Duterteâ€™s order to occupy Philippine-owned features in the Kalayaan Island Group. This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo AÃ±o on Friday. â€œThatâ€™s an order from the President and I intend to carry that out. Those features [in the Kalayaan Island Group]are ours as per Arbitration Ruling, so we donâ€™t see any problem,â€ he said in Filipino. AÃ±o also said that all eight islands in the Spratlys under Philippine jurisdiction, and Ayungin Reef, are already occupied by Filipino troops. â€œWe will reinforce our troops and improve the structures and facilities there,â€ the AFP chief added AÃ±o said areas that will be occupied by Philippine troops include submerged lands or rocks but the country will need to set up structures for this. â€œI can not give you the numbers and location for security reasons,â€ he added. â€œMukhang agawan kasi ito ng isla eh. And whatâ€™s ours now, at least kunin na natin and make a strong point natin there that it is ours. We have to fortify. I must build bunker there or houses, and make provisions for habitation,â€ President Rodrigo Duterte said before the men and women of AFP Western Command, April 6.