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China claims are nonsense – military chief

Philippine Military Chief Emmanuel Bautista gestures during an interview at Camp Aquinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Bautista says Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea are “nonsense” and vowed to defend fishermen if they face intimidation by Chinese naval forces in the waters. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The military chief on Thursday vowed to defend the country’s fishermen against any Chinese “terror or intimidation” in the South China Sea, the latest sign of sharpening tensions in what is a potential global flash point.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Trial of 27 Filipinos in Sabah standoff to start January

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In this Thursday, March 14, 2013 photo released by Malaysia's Ministry of Defense, Malaysian soldiers discuss strategies at Sungai Nyamuk where a stand-off with Filipino gunmen took place, near Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, Borneo's Sabah state, Malaysia. INQUIRER file photo

The Malaysian high court will start hearing in January the case of 27 Filipino armed followers of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram III involved in a bloody clash with Malaysian forces in Sabah in February.

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

EU gives P17-M aid for displaced civilians in Zamboanga

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EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux   FILE PHOTO

he European Union (EU) has allocated P17 million (€300,000) to aid over 100,000 displaced civilians in the standoff between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

British state minister hails Aquino on resolving Zamboanga crisis

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Hugo Swire, British Minister. AFP  FILE PHOTO

British Minister of State Hugo Swire lauded President Benigno Aquino III for the “restraint he showed” in handling the recent hostilities in Zamboanga City.

Posted: October 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hagel: US discusses ‘facts’ on Syria with allies

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP Photo

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration is consulting with allies to “further develop the facts” about last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, and options for a response.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hagel focuses US military presence in PH visit

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will discuss expanding the US military’s presence in the Philippines in a visit to the country Friday as Manila looks to defend its territorial claims in disputed waters.

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Kerry joins Asia meeting marked by sea tensions

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. AP FILE PHOTO

Fresh from tough Middle East talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry was due to touch down in Brunei Monday for meetings with Asia-Pacific nations bedevilled by divisive issues of their own.

Posted: July 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines discovers pangolins on Chinese poacher boat

This undated handout photo received on April 10, 2013, and released by the Philippine coast Guard (PCG) shows coast guard personnel inspecting the Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground off Tubbataha reef in Palawan island, western Philippines. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for the alleged poaching in April will not be deported until after their case has been terminated or they have served their sentence, the Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine coast guard said Monday it had found hundreds of frozen scaly anteaters, or pangolins, in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground in a protected marine sanctuary last week.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Malaysian top cop denies claims of abuses in Sabah

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Residents of Tanjung Labian gather at the evacuation centre in Embara Budi near where the Malaysian troop launched an assault against armed Filipino gunmen in Tanduo village on March 8, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

Putrajaya, the federal administrative center of Malaysia, has denied claims of abuses by Malaysian policemen in Sabah as of Monday as the state’s police commissioner struggled to deny that Filipinos were being killed on the streets or had been brutally handled.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH to KL: Clear reports of abuses

A young residence stands inside an evacuation centre in Embara Budi where Malaysia launched an assault against armed Filipino invaders in Tanduo village on March 8, 2013. AFP

Philippine officials have asked Malaysia to clarify news reports that Filipinos in Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state were being mistreated while authorities crack down on Filipino gunmen staking a claim on the resource-rich region.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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