Navy servicemen of the Philippines and Vietnam are set to hold friendly games in one of the disputed Kalayaan (Spratly) Islands of the West Philippine (South China) Sea on June 8, a military official said Wednesday.

“There will be football, volleyball, and tug-of-war,” Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, commander of the Armed Forces’ Western Command, said in a mobile-phone message.

The games are scheduled to be held on Pugad Island or Southwest Cay, which was previously occupied by the Philippines and now by Vietnam, Capt. Cherryl Tindog, the command’s spokesperson, said by phone.

Navy personnel from both countries will participate in the games, which is an implementation of a previously-signed memorandum of agreement, she said.

“The games will push through. At this stage, only inclement weather can stop the event,” another military official said. (John Roson)

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