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Philippine officials say China's island-building is still in full swing at 2 disputed reefs

  • In this photo taken Thursday, June 25, 2015, Western Command deputy commander Brigadier General Guillermo Molina Jr. talks to U.S. Navy officer Patrick Ronan on board a P3 Orion plane during  the joint US-Philippines naval exercise dubbed CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2015 over the Sulu Sea off Palawan Province in western Philippines. The weeklong combat exercises have helped the U.S. and Philippine navies prepare to jointly deal with natural disasters and a range of security challenges. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez)

    In this photo taken Thursday, June 25, 2015, Western Command deputy commander Brigadier General Guillermo Molina Jr. talks to U.S. Navy officer Patrick Ronan on board a P3 Orion plane during the joint US-Philippines naval exercise dubbed CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2015 over the Sulu Sea off Palawan Province in western Philippines. The weeklong combat exercises have helped the U.S. and Philippine navies prepare to jointly deal with natural disasters and a range of security challenges. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, center, Commander, Western Command, answers questions from the media at the conclusion of the joint US-Philippines naval exercise dubbed CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2015 at the Naval Forces West headquarters in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province in western Philippines Friday, June 26, 2015. The weeklong combat exercises have helped the U.S. and Philippine navies prepare to jointly deal with natural disasters and a range of security challenges. At left is Capt. Robert Empedrad, Exercise Director of CARAT 2015, and at right is U.S. Navy Captain Fred Kacher, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez)

    Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, center, Commander, Western Command, answers questions from the media at the conclusion of the joint US-Philippines naval exercise dubbed CARAT (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) 2015 at the Naval Forces West headquarters in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan province in western Philippines Friday, June 26, 2015. The weeklong combat exercises have helped the U.S. and Philippine navies prepare to jointly deal with natural disasters and a range of security challenges. At left is Capt. Robert Empedrad, Exercise Director of CARAT 2015, and at right is U.S. Navy Captain Fred Kacher, Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7. (AP Photo/Jim Gomez)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine officials say China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by Manila despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon.

Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon from Kalayaan island, which is under Philippine control in the disputed Spratly chain of the South China Sea, said Friday that he flew near the Chinese-controlled Subi Reef and saw that construction was in full swing with many dredgers and a huge crane visible on the emerging man-made island.

Two senior Philippine military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the media, say China's island-building has also continued at Mischief Reef, based on recent surveillance flights.

Chinese Embassy officials in Manila did not immediately comment.