By Christine O. Avendaño
The “rising tension” in the South China Sea was among the issues the Philippines and Brunei discussed when Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met with Brunei Prince Mohamed Bolkiah in Brunei Darussalam last Wednesday.
By Tarra Quismundo
The Philippines welcomed on Wednesday Singapore’s statement emphasizing the rule of law towards resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea, reflecting the neighboring city-state’s support for the country’s call to peacefully settle the issue amid escalating tensions with China.
A “racist” insurance commercial depicting a male Chinese actor as a Filipina maid has drawn outrage on social media in Hong Kong, with groups representing the city’s legions of domestic helpers calling for an apology.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry has announced the first step of relaxed visa requirements for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to boost the country’s tourism industry.
The Philippines says it wants an international tribunal to issue a decision as quickly as it can on a Manila complaint that questions the legality of China’s massive territorial claims in the South China Sea because of escalating tension in the dispute.