A House panel has approved a measure seeking to declare the Kalayaan Island group in Palawan as “alienable and disposable land.”

In a statement Tuesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed House Bill 5614, covering nine islands and three reefs in 730,000 square meter area in the South China Sea.

The bill was authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas.

One of the eight islands in the Kalayaan Group is Pag-asa Island, where Chinese vessels were reported to have been seen in August. The island is within the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone of the country, and the seat of the Kalayaan municipal government.

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