Navy servicemen of the Philippines are set to arrive in one of the Kalayaan (Spratly) Islands occupied by Vietnam today (June 8) for “friendly games” with their counterparts, Philippine Navy spokesman Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said.

A “platoon-size” contingent, or about 30 personnel, from the Philippines will participate in the games, Fabic said by phone Saturday.

The games, Fabic noted, will not pit one country against another and won’t grant awards.

Lineups for the games, which include football, will be a “mix” of Filipino and Vietnamese players, he said.

“Ang maganda dito is hindi country-versus-country ang laban, just like the goodwill games we have with the US and other friendly countries,” Fabic said.

“There will also be cultural activities. It will only be a one-day affair,” he said.

Volleyball and tug-of-war will also be played, Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda, commander of the Armed Forces Western Command, said in a mobile-phone message earlier.

The games will be held on Pugad Island or Southwest Cay, which was previously occupied by the Philippines and now by Vietnam. (John Roson)

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