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China sends biggest ever fleet to disputed Spratlys

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FISHING ARMADA  This picture taken on May 6, 2013, shows the crew standing on a fishing vessel setting sail for the Spratly Islands from Danzhou in China’s Hainan province.  AFP

China has sent one of its largest recorded fishing fleets to disputed islands in the South China Sea, state-run media said on Tuesday, amid tensions over Beijing’s assertion of its claims in the region.

Posted: May 8th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Comelec to ignore suits vs PCOS machines

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Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Sunday it would just ignore the lawsuit filed by civil society groups before the United Nations Committee on Human Rights over the use of the controversial precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the upcoming balloting.

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Removal of fuel from grounded US ship to be completed Friday

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AFP FILE PHOTO

The removal of thousands of liters of fuel from the US Navy minesweeper that ran aground on Tubbataha Reef was expected to be completed Friday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No Filipinos casualties in HK ferry collision

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Rescuers check on a half submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.  The boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said. AP/Kin Cheun

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said there were no Filipino casualties in the deadly ferry collision in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor as search and rescue efforts continued to locate the missing.

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Re-hired OFWs for HK, Brunei, Cambodia may use multiple exit clearances

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Philippine Overseas Labor Employment office. Photo from  www.poea.gov.ph

Overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong, Brunei and Cambodia who need to shuttle between these countries and the Philippines can now avail themselves of the multiple travel exit clearance (MTEC), according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Posted: August 28th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PDI man wins US award

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Ruben V. Nepales

Philippine Daily Inquirer Entertainment columnist Ruben V. Nepales won third place, best columnist in the international journalism category, at the recent 54th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. Nepales won for his PDI column, “Only IN Hollywood.” Nepales’ spouse, Janet, was also a finalist in the same category. Presented by the Los Angeles Press Club, the [...]

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines hopeful of peace in Spratlys

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Aerial photo of the Philippine occupied Kalayaan island in the contested Spratlys group of islands. INQUIRER/Ernie U. Sarmiento

A Malacañang spokeswoman said Saturday the government hoped the renewed commitment by the Philippines and China to work with each other peacefully would lead to stability in the region.

Posted: July 9th, 2011 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PAL flights to Melbourne, Sydney ‘normal’ despite ash clouds

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Philippine Airlines

The Philippine Airlines has assured passengers that all flights to Melbourne and Sydney remain normal after volcanic ash clouds from Chile grounded flights in some parts of Australia.

Posted: June 16th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino gov’t urged not to rely on US in dispute with China

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MANILA, Philippines—Will G.I. Joe come to the Philippines’ rescue in the event of a full-scale armed confrontation with China over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)? Senator Francis Escudero, former chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security, cautioned administration officials on Saturday against relying on the United States in case [...]

Posted: June 11th, 2011 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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