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‘It is getting worse’: 12 Chinese ships monitored inside PH’s EEZ

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Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Air Force monitored 10 to 12 Chinese Coast Guard vessels in the West Philippine Sea on maritime patrol missions, sensing haste in Chinese activity in disputed waters. This has prompted Manila to seek an expeditious ruling by a United Nations tribunal on its challenge to Beijing’s expansive claim over the South China Sea.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

OFW ban, evacuation from Iraq on

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Hans Leo Cacdac

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday raised crisis alert level 3 for Philippine citizens in Iraq amid the worsening unrest in that country, initiating a voluntary evacuation for Filipinos except in the autonomous northern region of Kurdistan which has largely been spared from the trouble.

Posted: June 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China claiming another reef; PH files new protest

FLAG FLIES HIGH on Philippine territory as troops proudly salute at flag-raising rites on Pagasa Island during the country’s 116th Independence Day celebration on Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PHILIPPINE NAVY

The Philippines has filed a new diplomatic protest against China over its land reclamation on McKennan (Hughes) Reef in the Spratly group of islands, which is indisputably within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China tells PH off on reef reclamation, says ‘it’s none of your business’

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei  PHOTO FROM CHINA-EMBASSY.ORG

That was China’s response to the Philippines’ report of the discovery of further Chinese land reclamation on reefs in the West Philippine Sea.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

‘Tacloban Declaration’ on disaster preparedness drawn up

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. FILE PHOTO

In the end, the message was clear: Everyone has a stake in building more resilient communities, and the world must act now so that lives would be spared from the “new normal” of mega-disasters.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »