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DFA priority: Peace in disputed sea

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

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday its priority in the remaining two years of the Aquino administration would be “to ensure the peace in the West Philippine Sea” amid rising territorial conflicts with regional giant China.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DFA expediting travel papers of kin of Filipino victims in MH17 crash

Linda Pabellon, left, and Tirso Pabellon, sister and brother respectively of Irene Pabellon Gunawan, one of three Filipinos who perished in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 passenger plane crash over the pro-Russian rebel stronghold in East Ukraine Thursday, leave the Department of Foreign Affairs after obtaining their passports Monday, July 21, 2014 at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. AP

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is assisting the relatives of Filipinos who perished in the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in getting their passports and visa to travel to the Netherlands.

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

PH urges nations to unite to determine those responsible for ‘brutal act’ on MH17

A woman lays flowers near a sign reading "Putin kills children" in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev on July 18, 2014 to pay tribute to the 298 people who died after flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines crashed in rebel-held east Ukraine. The Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in the separatist-held region yesterday, spraying debris and body parts for kilometres around, with the United States claiming it was shot down in a missile attack. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

The Philippines on Saturday condemned the “brutal act” of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine that claimed the lives of 298 people, including three Filipinos.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino-Indon family also dead

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“THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC,” a good friend posted on Facebook to express love for Budy Gunawan and his family. (From left) Sherryl Shania, 20, Darryl Dwight, 15, and wife Irene Pabellon, from Quezon originally.  FACEBOOK PHOTO

It’s summer break in the Netherlands and the entire family of Irene Pabellon-Gunawan was looking forward to a vacation in the Philippines. But they never got to Manila.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH expresses ‘deepest sympathies’, seeks probe in MH17 crash

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Friday expressed its “deepest sympathies” with the families of the passengers, particularly of the the three Filipinos, of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down by still unidentified attackers as it flew over strife-torn Ukraine on Thursday.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »