The lighthouses would also ensure safe navigation of the vessels in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways. Officials from the US Defense Department have complained the Beijing has not been clear about its military build-up in the area.
"The Philippine government continuously monitors the actions of the various claimants" in the disputed area, he said.
In response to China's militarization of the South China Sea the Pentagon withdrew its invitation for China to participate in a multinational naval exercise the U.S.is hosting this summer.
China in recent weeks has installed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile platforms, and electronic jamming equipment to its bases in the Spratly Island chain, which caused has caused concern throughout the region. The deployment of the nuclear-capable bomber on Woody Island was reportedly part of its military training exercises.
The IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, which runs from Friday to Sunday, is an annual security summit for Asia attended by defence ministers and other officials from more than 50 countries, including China, the US, Australia, Japan, India, France, Vietnam and the Philippines.
REFUTING domestic criticism that of its soft stance on China's militarisation of the South China Sea, the Philippines said it was prepared to go to war with the country if any of its military personnel are harmed in the disputed waters.
"President Duterte's approach is prudent, patient and pragmatic". China denied the court ruling and argued that the tribunal had no jurisdiction in the case. "If anyone gets the natural resources in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea, he will go to war".
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The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. But what we can best expect is a "sum of all parts" - a collection of (hopefully synchronized or coordinated) actions by each respective Quad member state. "They said some red lines, we said some red lines". "As the President said, we are not slaves to anyone", he pointed out.
"We are not asking you to trust us blindly".
In a briefing with the House special committee on the West Philippine Sea, Cayetano said the Philippines has been filing diplomatic protests for two years already, but they chose not to announce these regularly.
"Yes, we have differences with them (China), but we have made gains". "The Philippines is a peaceful nation".
Much to the displeasure of Beijing, which called the action a serious infringement of Chinese sovereignty, the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins and the cruiser USS Antietam sailed within 12 miles of four of the Paracel Islands to demonstrate the "freedom of navigation" and enforce the right of free passage in worldwide waters.
"We are not saying we should beef up our defenses to prepare for war but it is incumbent upon a nation to strengthen its defenses".
The operation, known as "freedom of navigation", was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate. "If there's multiple nation militarizing, and it isn't exclusively the islands, if big navies are crusing by means of the world, is that not militarization?" he mentioned.